New York apartment fire leads people to jump from building in Queens: FDNY

At least two people jumped from a fire in a building in Queens on Tuesday night as firefighters rushed to put out the blaze, according to firefighters.

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 Post at the scene.

The baby was first picked up by firefighters from a rear emergency exit before the mother was helped, he said.

Several people were taken to area hospitals following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 6, 2022.
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A man is carried on a stretcher following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 5, 2022.
A man is carried on a stretcher following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 5, 2022.
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Six people required medical attention and five of them were transported to area hospitals.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was on the second floor of the three-story building. About 60 firefighters brought the blaze under control.

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

A witness on the block saw a man descend an emergency exit before falling from the second floor and breaking his leg.

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

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

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

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

The cause of the fire was not determined Tuesday evening.

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