JAMAICA, Queens — Two men ran into a burning building and pulled the residents inside out safely Monday morning, a heroic effort that prevented
Robert Flippen didn't flinch when he decided to run into a burning building at 175-01 Liberty Avenue as a massive blaze ripped through the structures. He and another heroic man managed to get two occupants of the home out and it's a miracle they did. The elderly woman who lived upstairs and her son downstairs had no idea their home was even in any danger.
"We went in to find out if there was anybody else in there and I ran upstairs. As soon as I got to the stairs, the ceiling came down and I couldn't see anymore and I had to come back out," Flippen said.
Andy Lall, owner of Jamaica Rack and Axle, was one of the first people to spot the flames across the street from his repair shop.
"I just saw smoke and flames coming out of the middle house and then I called 911 right away," Lall described.
The FDNY said they received a report of a fire at 9:20 a.m. Investigators believe the fire originated at 175-05 Liberty Ave.
Five firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling a three-alarm blaze.
Lall gave PIX11 his cellphone video, which clearly shows heavy, thick smoke in the area and raging flames just as firefighters arrived. Fire Chief John Donnelly said his firefighters had it all under control in about an hour, however, some live wires directly in front of the homes posed some challenges.
In total three homes were impacted.
Firefighters did not comment on the possible cause of the fire.