A number of the heroic FDNY firefighters who contended with Sunday’s dreadful Bronx firestorm that left at least 19 people dead operated through the flames in spite of running out of oxygen.
“Their oxygen tanks were empty, and they still pushed through the smoke,”
Mayor Eric Adams said at an early evening press conference.
“You can’t do this if you don’t feel attached to the city and this community,”
he said of the work done by the smoke eaters.
Approximately 200 of New York’s fearless reacted to the five-alarm fire that inundated a 19-story apartment building in the Tremont segment of the borough.
Not less than 19 people, as well as nine children, were killed in what is New York City’s fatal fire in over 30 years.
Notwithstanding narratives have appeared of hairy rescues pulled off by New York’s most courageous that assisted to keep the death toll from increasing even higher.
One of residents who commended firefighters with saving his life is Joseph Brannigan, who lives on the fifth floor of the building.
Brannigan, a 61-year-old terminal cancer patient, was attempting to run off the building with his nephew until the two got moved apart while he slumped in the smoke-filled hallway.
“Next thing I know, the firemen are dragging me into my apartment,”
Brannigan recollected to The Post.
“The firemen smashed all the windows and put oxygen on me.”
Distressing images from the scene as well reveals a firefighter cradling a baby saved from the fire and a woman sitting on the ground being assisted by ambulance attendant with soot on her face.
Sunday’s fire was attributed on a crashing space heater and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the firestorm spread since an apartment door was left open.
“This smoke extended the entire height of the building, completely unusual,”
“Members found victims on every floor in stairwells.”
Nigro termed the fire
“unprecedented in our city.”