one person died, three were injured
A deadly fire on the top floor of a residential building in Brooklyn claimed the life of one person and left three injured on Monday, August 15. According to the New York Post, the fire was classified as “suspicious”, hundreds of rescuers and doctors arrived at the scene.
Two people who appeared to be working in the building fell from the top floor as flames and smoke engulfed part of a six-story home at 165 Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville, fire officials said. After firefighters arrived, they were rushed to the hospital.
One of the residents of the house said that she saw someone hanging from the top floor, and then fell down. “And just jumped up on the grass,” Dai’Sylvia Ponder, a resident of the house, told The Post. The face of another man who fell from the building “was smashed”.
The 49-year-old man was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to NYPD officials.
Footage from the scene shows two people kneeling next to a man who lies motionless on the ground in front of the building. “They were trying to get out,” Deputy Fire Department (FDNY) Chief Jim Carney said of the two victims who fell from the top floor.
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At the briefing, Carney said department officials had classified the fire as “suspicious.” The investigation is ongoing.
The fire was preceded by a massive explosion
About 60 firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes, Carney said. According to representatives of the FDNY, one of the three victims escaped with minor injuries. One of the eyewitnesses, who was on the street, heard the explosion even before the start of the fire.
“Boom!” said Corfus Hernandez in an interview with The Post. “Then I heard screams, then a shout from the window, a man from the window, then two workers from the window.” According to him, one of the workers had a “dent on his head” after the fall.
“I myself was shocked that he was still breathing,” Hernandez said.
A resident of the first floor said that before the fire started, she heard a possible quarrel. People fled the building in panic.
“There were a lot of screams, everyone was out of their minds because we didn’t know where the explosion came from,” Milagros Arias said. “We thought the building was collapsing.”
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