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NYC apartment fire leads to people jumping from building in Queens: FDNY


At least two people jumped from a Queens apartment building fire on Tuesday evening as firefighters raced to put the heavy blaze out, according to the fire officials.

Firefighters arrived on 23rd Avenue in Astoria after 7 p.m., and witnessed two people on the ground who had jumped from the building, said NYFD Deputy Chief Mark Cuccurullo. Four people were rescued from the building, including a mother and her newborn baby, Cuccurullo told The Post at the scene.

The baby was first retrieved by firefighters from a rear fire escape before the mother was helped, he said.

Several people were taken to area hospitals following a fire in Astoria, Queens on Sep. 6, 2022.
Several people were taken to area hospitals following the fire in Astoria, Queens on Sep. 6, 2022.
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A man is being carried out on a stretcher following the blaze that took place in Astoria, Queens on Sep. 5, 2022.
A man is being carried out on a stretcher following the blaze that took place in Astoria, Queens on Sep. 5, 2022.
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Six people required medical attention with five of them taken to area hospitals.

It took fire crews about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze that was located on the second floor of the three-story building. About 60 firefighters put the blaze out.

Cuccurullo said when firefighters arrived flames “were out the windows.”

One witness on the block saw a man climbing down a fire escape before he fell from the second story and appeared to break his leg.

“It’s a sound I don’t want to hear again,” resident Steve Foustanellas said. “His leg split in the middle when he hit the concrete.”

He said people tried to catch the man after he slipped.

“He just fell and people were yelling and crying,” Foustanellas said.

The fire started on the second floor of the apartment building, officials said.
The fire started on the second floor of the apartment building, officials said.
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A dog was also apparently trapped before a door was opened and the pet escaped, Foustanellas said.

The cause of the fire was not determined Tuesday evening.



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