THE BRONX (PIX11) – Five firefighters were injured including one who suffered minor burns after a blaze on Dean Avenue in the Bronx. The flames intensified during the height of the snow and wind of Thursday’s storm.
“Sometimes the fire can get to be blow torch proportions, and that’s kind of what we encountered today,” said FDNY Assistant Chief John Sudnik.
Responders were called to the multi-family home at 1020 Dean Avenue around 9:30 in the morning. Before arriving, firefighters had to navigate slippery streets.
Assistant Chief Sudnik said ice further complicated the work of the FDNY, “they encountered a few problems with some water because of frozen hydrants.”
“They resolved those issues in pretty short order but unfortunately the wind conditions were against us and they were pretty severe.”
Destiny Gonzalez lives across the street from the fire watched crews around the burning home, “It was horrible,” she recalled. “There was nobody cleaning the streets it was very unsafe for a lot of people, cars were getting stuck.”
In addition to the 5 firefighters, 11 other people were hurt. All are expected to recover and The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.