PELHAM BAY, the Bronx — Two firefighters were injured while battling a Bronx blaze at a marijuana grow house on Sunday night, the NYPD said.
One firefighter suffered neck and back injuries after falling 30-feet off an extension ladder at the three-story Mayflower Avenue building, police said.
The 38-year-old married father of three was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.
The second firefighter suffered a minor leg injury, the FDNY said.
Officials said the blaze started on the third floor where firefighters discovered marijuana plants along with lighting to heat them.
That's really terrifying... I can't believe it, Pelham Bay resident Yesenia Fontanez said. "It makes you realize that you don't know what's around you."
Another resident said she was concerned after she heard about the grow house, saying her neighborhood is usually quiet.
Firefighters did not confirm what caused the fire and are investigating.
The marijuana grow house fire is not the first of its kind in the Bronx. Back in 2016, Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy, 44, was killed while battling a fire at an alleged grow house in Knightsbridge.
The 17-year veteran was directing traffic away from the scene when the grow house exploded.
The blast caused the home's roof to cave in and sent pieces of the building flying through the air, some of which struck Fahey in the head and body, officials said.
At least 12 other people were also injured in the explosion, including six police officers and several firefighters.