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Firefighter Seriously Injured While Battling Bronx Blaze

October 15, 2018 - 6:37 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A firefighter was seriously injured while battling a blaze at a Bronx marijuana grow house.

The FDNY said the flames erupted at 8:15 p.m. at 1656 Mayflower Ave., in the Pelham Bay section of the borough. The three-story building housed two apartments.

Flames broke out on the top floor of the dwelling and a 38-year-old firefighter, with 12 years of experience, climbed to the roof with a 35-foot extension ladder. The FDNY said he then suddenly lost his footing and fell 30-feet to the pavement below.

He was admitted to surgical ICU at Jacobi Medical Center and was said to be conscious but suffered serious back injuries. He reportedly also suffered a leg injury.

"This firefighter had quite a fall," Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said. "Though he has serious injuries, we are very happy that he survived."

Nigro added that Sunday night's blaze was the second at a marijuana grow house to seriously hurt a firefighter.

A gas explosion in another Bronx marijuana grow house in September 2016 took the life of FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy.

Sunday night’s fire was under control at around 9 p.m. One other firefighter suffered a minor leg injury.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.