At least two people jumped from a blaze at a Queens apartment building Tuesday night as firefighters ran to put out the serious blaze, according to the fire department.
Firefighters arrived on 23rd Avenue in Astoria after 7 p.m. and saw two people on the ground who had jumped from the building, NYFD Deputy Chief Mark Cuccurullo said. Four people were rescued from the building, including a mother and her newborn baby, Cuccurullo told the local Post.
The baby was first recovered by firefighters from a rear fire escape before the mother was helped, he said.
Six people needed medical attention, five of them were taken to nearby hospitals.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire on the second floor of the three-story building. About 60 firefighters extinguished the fire.
Cuccurullo said by the time firefighters arrived, “the flames were out the windows.”
A witness on the block saw a man climb down a fire escape before falling from the second floor, apparently breaking his leg.
“It’s a sound I don’t want to hear again,” resident Steve Foustanellas said. “His leg split open in the middle when he hit the concrete.”
He said people were trying to catch the man after he slipped.
“He just fell and people were screaming and crying,” said Foustanellas.
A dog was also apparently trapped before a door was opened and the pet escaped, Foustanellas said.
The cause of the fire was not known as of Tuesday evening.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/nyc-apartment-fire-leads-to-people-jumping-from-building-in-queens-fdny/ NYC apartment fire causes people to jump from building in Queens: FDNY