New York work-related firefighter death attorneys report a fiery NY deli took the lives of two Buffalo firefighters attempting to rescue a victim trapped inside.
Buffalo, NY (NewYorkInjuryNews.com) – Hundreds of New York firefighters responded to the scene of a roaring fire blazing at the New York Deli on the east side of the city, which took the lives of two noble firefighters Monday morning, announced Buffalo News.
The fire broke out early morning at 1815 Genesee Street. A neighbor, who lived upstairs from the Deli, noticed smoke and called 911 to report it. Two firefighters who went into the burning building were reported to have heard someone screaming for help. There has not been any proof that there was someone in the building at the time.
Authorities speculate that there may have been a robber inside, who made his way out of the fiery inferno without the firefighters help. After the fire alarm sounded 4 hours earlier, the fire still continued to consume the second floor of the two story-building at 8am this morning. Rescue officials and firefighters worked hastily to extinguish the fire on both sides of the building.
The Buffalo Fire Department has suffered a grave loss, the worst in 26 years, stated Rescue Officials. After the blaze had died down, the bodies of the two brave firefighters were carried out of the dilapidated two-story building with American flags draped over them. The firefighters were identified as Lt. Charles McCarthy and Jonathan Croom. The Erie County Medical Center chaplain declared the two dead in the mid-morning.
Authorities announced that the 2 firefighter’s deaths could have been attributed to the first floor collapsing beneath them in their search for a possible third person caught inside the building. Buffalo Fire Chief spoke about the integrity of the 2 men who gave their lives in an act of bravery. Both firefighters leave behind families who came together at the scene where fellow firefighters stood solemnly gazed, with their hats off, at the destroyed building that took the lives of their friends and family members.