The fire started in a 12thfloor unit of the Ebbets Field Apartments located in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The firefighters stated that the apartment was badly cluttered which created challenged for fighting the fire. Four of the rooms were completely engulfed in flames.
The firefighters began throwing things from the terrace because they could not manage the fire in the apartment because there was too much clutter.
Smoke from the apartment was “banking down to lower floors.”
People had left their doors open, which complicates the situation for firefighters. Closing doors helps to contain the fire. The residents of the apartment were able to get to the hallway but collapsed once they were there.
Four of the residents were injured. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening. Five of the responding firefighters sustained smoke inhalation injuries.
An investigation into the source of the fire is still underway. The same apartment complex suffered a severe fire in 2008. The 2008 fire killed a lieutenant with the FDNY.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) tracks the number of fire deaths per year. Every year thousands of people are killed. In 2007, 3,994 people died in fires. In 2016, 3,515 people were killed in fires. When the numbers take population size into account, they indicate that there was a 15.8 percent drop in the rate of fire deaths between 2007 and 2016.
The main cause of house fires is cooking, while smoking is the leading cause of fire-related fatalities. Heating equipment also plays a major role in home fires.
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