Lawyer says cop is a hero for trying to save elderly woman

A police union lawyer claimed on Friday that a sergeant was a “hero” for trying to save an elderly Queens granny from a burning building — and disputed family claims that he’d forced her out of her safe apartment and abandoned her in a smoke-filled hallway to die. Sergeants

Dangerous appliances must be listed on national database say councils

DANGEROUS white goods must be listed on a national database, councils have demanded. The call came after it emerged firefighters are battling three tumble dryer fires daily. The Local Government Association revealed more than 500 types of appliances had been recalled over the last ten years. Firefighters in London alone are

NYPD launches ‘major’ probe of grandmother’s death in blaze

The NYPD has launched a “major investigation” into the death of an elderly woman who was forcibly removed by cops from her fireproof apartment and abandoned in a smoke-filled hallway, a spokesman told The Post. ”The police response to this fire is being currently reviewed and will continue to

NYPD cops left my elderly mom to die in a fire

NYPD cops took a 91-year-old woman out of her fireproof apartment during a blaze and abandoned her in a hallway — where she inhaled so much smoke waiting for help that it killed her, an FDNY source and family members told The Post. Ethel Davis, of Rockaway Beach, Queens,

Passenger riding train in Chicago doused with chemicals

Chicago police reportedly arrested a man riding a Chicago Transit Authority train during rush hour Thursday after they said he doused another passenger with chemicals and sparking a small fire. The Chicago Tribune reported that a 26-year-old woman was on a southbound Red Line train when she was splashed

Man charged in murder of trans woman found in burning home

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles authorities have announced murder charges for a man suspected of fatally stabbing a transgender woman whose body was found inside her burning home. Police said at a news conference Tuesday that 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez admitted stabbing Victoria Gutierrez in her house after a dispute

Casino boat fire victim dies after going home

At least one woman was dead after a casino shuttle boat went up in flames Sunday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida — forcing more than 50 passengers to jump overboard into the shallow water. The woman died late Sunday hours after the fire began, while 14

Casino boat catches fire with 50 passengers aboard

TAMPA, Fla. — Florida authorities say a casino venture’s shuttle boat caught fire and all 50 passengers safely made it to the nearby shore after a rescue operation in the Tampa Bay area. Port Richey Chief of Police Gerard DeCanio says all passengers and crew were able to reach

Fatal fire kills teenager and man in the Bronx

A fire in the Bronx on Sunday killed two residents – one of them a teen – and injured two firefighters, authorities said. The blaze broke out around 12:15 p.m.on the fourth floor of Throggs Neck Houses on Dewey Avenue in Throggs Neck. First responders arrived to find a 62-year-old

Car soars into second floor of building, gets lodged for hours

This driver was really flying. A California motorist was moving so fast when his car slammed into a center median Sunday that the impact launched the vehicle into the second story of a nearby building — where it stayed lodged for hours as rescuers extricated a person trapped inside. “This

17 injured in Queens high-rise fire

A fire tore through a high-rise apartment in Queens on Friday, injuring nine police officers, three firefighters and five civilians. The flames erupted on the 11th floor of a 13-story building on Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach at around 11:30 a.m., according to Fire Department officials. High winds complicated

Madonna Badger settles with city over deadly Christmas fire

see also HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman whose three daughters and parents died in a 2011 Christmas morning fire is dropping a lawsuit against the city of Stamford, because officials followed through on promises to change local fire laws. A document filed Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport shows the

Man dies running into burning building to save wife

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A man has died after he ran back into a burning condominium in South Carolina to awaken his sleeping wife. Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins told news outlets a woman said her husband came back into the condo Saturday morning and woke her so she could

At least 14 injured in Manhattan apartment fire

At least 14 people were injured — including four cops and a firefighter — when a kitchen toaster caught fire in a Washington Heights apartment building Monday, authorities said. Two of those injured were seriously hurt although expected to survive, officials said. They were both residents of the building,

Woman dies, 2 firefighters injured in Queens blaze

A woman was killed when a fire broke out in her Queens home on Sunday, authorities said. The blaze broke out around 11:20 a.m. inside 60-year-old Rita Sklar’s Bayside home on 217th Street near 67th Avenue. First responders rushed Sklar to North Shore University Hospital, but she could not be

Exec raises more than $140K for Moore accuser whose house burned down

A Silicon Valley executive helped raise over $140,0000 for a Roy Moore accuser whose home was destroyed in a suspected arson attack. Katie Jacobs Stanton set up the GoFundMe on Friday for Tina Johnson, after hearing that her Gadsden home went up in flames last week. “This is really upsetting.

Firefighter responds to call, finds his own home engulfed in flames

TABERNACLE, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter answered an emergency dispatch only to find his own home going up in flames. Volunteer firefighter Jason Penwell lost all his family’s belongings and one dog in the fire at his Tabernacle home on Wednesday afternoon, The Courier-Post reported. His son, a high

Death toll in tragic Bronx fire climbs to 13

The death toll in last month’s tragic Bronx apartment fire climbed to 13, police said Thursday. Francis Holt, 27, was taken off life support, adding one more fatality to the deadliest New York fire in more than a quarter century, cops said. The Dec. 28 blaze, which gutted 2363 Prospect

Neighborhood school mourns fire victims, including 7-year-old student

Students and staffers at the neighborhood school near last week’s deadly Bronx fire were grief-stricken Tuesday, their first day back since the blaze. “The teachers were looking [at the burned building] and crying. They were crying, crying,” said Emelia Acheampong, 42, who escaped the flames and whose three oldest

Firefighter injured as blaze sweeps through Brooklyn brownstone

A three-alarm fire broke out in a Crown Heights brownstone, Brooklyn on Tuesday night, injuring at least one of New York’s Bravest, officials said. The blaze at 910 Bergen St. started at at 9:15 p.m. and spread to a neighboring building. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with unspecified

Seven-alarm blaze in the Bronx injures at least 16

Sixteen people were injured early Tuesday in a seven-alarm blaze that swept through a four-story apartment building in The Bronx, officials said. The fire erupted about 5:30 a.m. in a first-floor furniture store at 1547 Commonwealth Ave. in the Van Nest section, the FDNY said. The blaze quickly spread to

Fire at safari park kills 13 monkeys

LONDON — Officials say 13 monkeys have died in a fire at a safari park in England, marking the second major fire at an animal attraction in the last two weeks. The fire started early Tuesday morning in the Patas monkey house at Woburn Safari Park, located 50 miles

Families return to Bronx blaze building, many turned away

Dozens of people displaced by the city’s deadliest blaze in recent history returned to their burnt-out Bronx building Sunday morning in the hopes of finding some belongings they could salvage. Fernando Batiz, 56, went back to look for a Christmas present his sister Maria had bought for their mother. “She

Residents displaced by Bronx blaze collect donations

Families displaced by the deadly fire that ripped through a Bronx building, killing 12, trickled into nearby churches Sunday to begin attempting to rebuild their lives with donated goods. “She lost everything,” said Rose Leclerc, whose sister lived in the basement of the 26-unit building with her husband, mother,

FDNY chiefs recall first moments at deadly Bronx fire

They roll up into a nightmare of fire and ice — and somehow create order out of a chaos of smoke and terror. follow the story The terrifying first moments of the deadly Bronx fire FDNY chiefs recall first moments at deadly Bronx fire Mom of tot who started Bronx fire could've