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When a fire broke out on the 20th floor of the Strand Condominium on January 5, some residents tried to escape by running down the stairwells. Daniel McClung and Michael Todd Cohen, a married couple who lived on the 38th floor of the Hell’s Kitchen tower, made it only 7 floors before succumbing to smoke inhalation; Mr. Cohen survived, Mr. McClung did not.
Following the blaze, the FDNY said that the men should have stayed in their apartment, a seemingly counterintuitive move that few would be inclined to make without explicit instructions from firefighters. Unfortunately, firefighters opened the exterior door to bring firehoses into the stairwell that Mr. Cohen and Mr. McClung were descending, sending up plumes of smoke that overpowered the men.
Did you feel that? It was like a million knishes cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Read More
Feeling the Heat
Several Jewish homes in Williamsburg were targeted in an incident on Monday in which religious objects attached to residents’ front doors were set on fire.
The burnings, which are being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Department, took place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, though police remain unsure of whether the day of Read More
The Neverending Story
New York City was battered by all of the elements Monday night and in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. After the flooding and winds from Hurricane Sandy reached their peak Monday evening, storm-related fires broke out throughout the five boroughs. The Observer was on the scene for two of these blazes in Brooklyn.
After about 45 minutes this morning, dozens of firefighters got a blaze under control on the 88th floor of 1 World Trade Center. The Fire Department did not yet know the cause of the fire, which only hit the one floor. There were no injuries reported, according to an FDNY spokesman.
The fire was reported a little before 8 a.m., and 84 firefighters from 26 units responded. That is not an unusual number for a high-rise blaze, according to the spokesman.
A flaming bridge has prompted the Metro-North rail service to halt operations in and out of Grand Central Station, potentially ruining this evening’s commute for countless Wall Street commuters from Connecticut and Westchester.
The Daily News says no injuries have been reported, and fireboats are currently battling the “massive, smoky fire” under a Read More