NYC Firefighters and Residents Injured Battling Blaze Set By Candles
The New York Post released a news story reporting that three New York City fire fighters and several building residents were injured as a result of a blaze that started with unattended candles.
“It appears there was carelessness with candles,” FDNY Dep. Chief Thomas McKavanagh said.
It took nearly an hour for 100 firefighters to knock down the flames on the 14th floor, which had filled with smoke because the two victims left the apartment door open when they fled.
The story raises two important fire safety issues:
- candles are not a safe option for lighting;
- the door to the apartment was left open, allowing the fire and smoke to spread unchecked.
Fire Safety Directors reminds residents that you should periodically check your smoke detectors and keep a fire extinguisher handy. Of course, never fall asleep with an open flame burning.
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