Feb. 1, 2013 By Bill Parry
A first floor kitchen fire broke out inside an apartment building at 51-04 Skillman Ave. on Thursday night.
When firefighters arrived on the scene the fire appeared fairly innocuous–until they noticed it was located near an old-fashioned dumbwaiter.
“If flames get in there they’ll shoot to the roof and get behind the walls,” said Deputy Chief Mark Ferran, who was on the scene. “In a building this size it would be a multiple alarm fire in no time.”
While such damage did not occur and no one was injured the FDNY took a very cautious approach in dealing with the fire due to the location of the dumbwaiter.
A large number of FDNY vehicles were called to the scene and Skillman Ave. between 49 to 52nd Street was closed off to traffic for about an hour.
These people are the finest AND bravest by far.
Thank you, gentlemen.
The FDNY are total professionals at what they do.
This story shouldn’t come as a surprise.