New York Fire Department (FDNY) deputy assistant chief Michael Gala (Michael Gala) said that a total of 21 people were injured in the fire. Gala said the injured included 16 firefighters, two people who suffered burns and five civilians. No one faces life-threatening injuries.
According to Gala, there are approximately 150 apartments in the building. Gala said that about 240 people or 90 families were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is on the scene and provides assistance to those families.
According to FDNY, the fire was discovered in an apartment on the sixth floor of the building and quickly spread to the area between the ceiling and the roof of the apartment, the so-called attic.
According to FDNY, the residents of the apartment fled the fire and opened the door. According to FDNY, because the door was open, the fire spread to the corridor and spread quickly. Gala said the fire destroyed one side of the building.
On-site video showed heavy smoke rising from the roofs of red buildings near Jackson Heights.
Another resident, Kimberly Singhi (Kimberly Singhi), said she “don’t be afraid because everything is dark.”
Singhi told WABC: “I caught mom, I caught my dog and the pet we brought, and then we ran out.”
FDNY continued to fight the fire from the outside. Fire department officials said the cause and cause of the fire will be determined when the fire officer enters the building.
When updating at the scene, firefighters emphasized the importance of closing the door in the event of a fire in your residence. This helps prevent the fire from spreading.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told WABC, a subsidiary of CBC: “For years, we have been emphasizing that if unfortunately there is a fire in your house or apartment, closing that door is How important.”