BY JON CRONIN
Glendale residents were startled at approximately 10 a.m. this past grey Sunday morning by a one-alarm fire at 80-15 88th St near Union Turnpike.
Two residents of 81st Avenue saw the flames and heard the plea of the home’s second floor resident, stating the house was on fire. Two neighbors, both named Joe, who refused to give their last names, kicked down the door for the first floor apartment to investigate if anyone had succumbed to the smoke. The two neighbors reported that they couldn’t find anyone and left after opening the door to the kitchen and black smoke billowed out.
Firefighters on scene rescued two cats from the fire and were able to rehabilitate them with small breathing units on the sidewalk after they passed out from smoke.
The FDNY press department reported that they received the call at 10:28 a.m., 12 units and 60 fire fighters responded and the fire was under control by 11:05 a.m. They also reported only one minor injury to a civilian. According to the FDNY, no cause has been determined and the fire is under investigation.
Less than an hour later another fire broke out in Ridgewood. Captain Gregory Mackie, executive officer of the 104th Precinct posted on the precinct’s community council Facebook page, “At approximately 11:20 this morning,104 Precinct PO Vincent and PO Collins responded to a 911 call of a residential fire at 64-06 Madison Street (Multi-dwelling 3-floor/6 apartment). They were the first responders at the scene, responding from only a few blocks away, and prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. Upon arrival, they noticed flames emanating from the structure and immediately went inside to evacuate the building. In addition to safely evacuating the entire building, these officers promptly rescued a wheelchair-bound elderly man from his third floor apartment and brought him outside unharmed. As a result the officers suffered smoke inhalation and were removed to the hospital. At this time the Fire Department has deemed the fire to be not suspicious, and to be the result of faulty electrical wiring in the walls. There are no relocations to report and no persons were injured. Both Captain Wachter, Commanding Officer of the 104 Precinct and myself praise the efforts of Officer Vincent and Officer Collins today, for they literally saved lives. They did what New York City cops do every day, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”
The FDNY press reported that the fire was called in to them at 11:32 a.m., on the third floor of the apartment building and under control by 12:15 p.m. There were no injuries. Twelve units and 60 firefighters responded. They have yet to determine the cause and it is still under investigation.
These two fires bring the tally of blazes to seven in the past three weeks in the Southwest Queens community. There have been four in Forest Hills and one in Lindenwood.
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