Firefighters from New York City performed a daring 20th-floor rescue on Saturday after a 292-unit complex in Manhattan was attacked by a three-alarm fire.
The fire reportedly injured 38 people, including two who had potentially fatal wounds. Firefighters from New York City made up five of the injured.
The fire was allegedly ignited by a “lithium-ion battery connected to a micromobility device,” according to FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and the New York Post.
According to ABC, FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Frank Leeb remarked that “The lithium-ion battery adds a different degree when we talk about the fire dynamics of it,”. “These rooms flash over in just a mere matter of seconds.”
According to FDNY Chief Fire Marshal Dan Flynn, there have been “close to 200” lithium-ion battery-related fires this year.
According to The New York Times, Flynn said that six individuals had died in the fires.
According to CBS, Flynn stated, “We believe the occupant was repairing bikes in the building,” “These fires, they come without warning. When they do go on fire, they’re so intense that any combustibles in the area will catch fire.”
One woman was left hanging 20 floors above the ground due to the fire.
@FDNY .@FDNY #FDNY in my ENTIRE life I have never seen anything more #HEROIC than what I just witnessed from #NYC apt. Woman rescued by #NYBRAVEST #FDNY in devastating apt fire. Trying to escape smoke, she slipped, hanging 15-20 stories up. THANK U to our heroes!!!! #FDNY @FDNY pic.twitter.com/sLwqJOPGru
— Patti Ryan (@StrepGal) November 5, 2022
The FDNY provided details on her rescue on its Instagram page.
“We started with a member from Ladder 16 who was lowered down, he realized the victim hanging out the window was caught on the child gate. That rope system was reset and another Firefighter was lowered to the victim and held onto the victim,” according to Leeb.
Firefighter Arthur Podgorski held the woman’s whole weight once she was released from the child gate.
“He was then lowered by the team above to the floor below with the victim. Another firefighter “then went on rope from #Ladder2 and was lowered to the floor below, at that point the inside team was able to remove the additional victims from inside the apartment,” Leeb added.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The cost of failure is great both to civilians and our members, they expect us to come prepared and we came prepared, we always do. We have a winning mindset in the FDNY, we play to win on every run, every tour, and every day,” Leeb said.
Podgorski explained in the post that “My role was to go under the victim and start to hold her weight, so the member above me could free her arm and I could hold her and bring her safely below..”
“It is a team effort, you have to put trust in the members above and below you. This is why we train, when moments like this happen there is no room for mistakes, we fall back on our training,” he said. CONTINUE READING…