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Details emerge of deadly Brooklyn fire as to why investigation may be hampered

Neighbors of Brooklyn’s deadly weekend fire described hearing the dying gasps of an autistic man who was killed along with a Bravest on Tuesday – as sources revealed why investigators may be fighting to determine the cause of the fire.

The afternoon fire in Canarsie killed FDNY smoke eater Timothy Klein and Carlos Richards, the 21-year-old autistic son of a city police officer and a local nurse who lived in the home with his mother.

“As we walked down the stairs, I looked up and saw the smoke coming from Carlos’ room and I heard him coughing,” said Sammay Foye, 17, who lives in the house attached to 10826 Avenue N, where the deadly fire broke out.

“I was hoping he was okay, I was hoping he came out okay,” Foye told the Post.

Foye’s cousin, 11-year-old Jaloni Johnson, said he also heard Richards, who was alone in the house at the time, struggle to inhale the thick smoke.

“The black smoke was coming out of Carlo’s window and we could hear him coughing, coughing loudly,” Jaloni said.

The boy’s grandmother, Phyllis Foye, said she sensed Richards “was scared.

“He didn’t know what to do,” said Foye, 71. “He was scared of all the smoke.”

Neighbors could hear the dying gasps of Carlos Richards, the 21-year-old autistic man who died in the Canarsie, Brooklyn fire.
Neighbors could hear the dying gasps of Carlos Richards, the 21-year-old autistic man who died in the Canarsie, Brooklyn fire.
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Shakema Foye, one of Richards' neighbors who lived in a house attached to the house where the fire started.
Shakema Foye, one of Richards’ neighbors who lived in a house attached to the house where the fire started.
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Phyllis Foye said she felt it was Richards "Afraid of all the smoke."
Phyllis Foye said she sensed Richards was “scared of all the smoke.”
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The city’s fire inspection still hasn’t determined what caused the fire. An FDNY source said this may be due, at least in part, to the second floor of the home collapsing and the frantic search for Klein as he fell with it.

“When a breakdown happens, it takes forever to find out [a fire’s cause] because everything is destroyed,” the source said. “It’s not like you can see a black spot around an outlet.

“They also probably ripped the stuff out of the place just to try and get it [Klein] off,” the source said. “Especially in the case of collapses, you can’t say exactly” where victims could be.

FDNY firefighter Timothy Klein was also killed in the fire.
FDNY firefighter Timothy Klein was also killed in the fire.
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The cause of the fire has not yet been determined by city inspectors.
City inspectors have not determined the cause of the fire.
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Klein, 31, the son of a retired city firefighter, had been with the FDNY for six years when he fell into the burning building and was trapped in the rubble. It took about 20 minutes to get him out, the FDNY source said.

Klein was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Three other firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including one who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday after narrowly escaping his life by jumping out of a window.

According to an FDNY source, the second story collapse and the search for Klein could delay the investigation into the cause of the fire.
According to an FDNY source, the second story collapse and the search for Klein could delay the investigation into the cause of the fire.
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Richards remained missing after firefighters put out the flames. His body was later found in the rubble.

The FDNY source said another firefighter ran from the house that was on fire.

“He was just smoldering,” the source said. “He was half on fire.”

Klein’s funeral will be held in Queens on Friday, not far from where the hero grew up.

Additional reporting by Amanda Woods

https://nypost.com/2022/04/26/details-emerge-in-fatal-brooklyn-fire-why-probe-may-be-stymied/ Details emerge of deadly Brooklyn fire as to why investigation may be hampered

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