NEW YORK (CBS New York) – At least two people are dead after a fire ripped through an apartment building in the Bronx. The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Monday at a building on Hoffman Street in the Belmont section.
When firefighters arrived, they were met with fire at the front door and had to battle that to get inside. Others headed straight for the fire escapes, where they helped residents down.
“The stairway was involved in the fire so the members had to push the fire back so they could get to the stairs,” said FDNY Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich. “Also we had members coming off the rear, off the fire escape. They actually go to the civilians who were trapped up there first, but then we had to get them down the stairs.”
#FDNY members operated earlier this morning at the scene of a 2nd alarm, 2381 Hoffman St #Bronx. There are 2 civilian fatalities reported, 3 serious injuries to civilians, and 5 non-life-threatening injuries to civilians. There are 5 non-life-threatening injuries to FFs reported pic.twitter.com/YFSK7Y7GfV– FDNY (@FDNY) March 5, 2018