FDNY Firefighter Rescues Man by Rappelling from Roof and Burning Rope in 6-Alarm Fire that Killed One Person


FDNY battling a 6th Alarm fire on East 93rd Street that killed one person and involved a rappelling rope rescue of another resident by a firefighter.

FDNY responded about 3:30 a.m. Thursday to a six-alarm blaze at t 324 East 93rd Street, New York City. The extra-alarm fire quickly spread through all five floors of an apartment building and burned through the roof. One person was killed and another person was rescued and transported to a hospital and listed in critical condition. Two other people and two firefighters reported minor injuries.

Witnesses reported a heroic rescue as a firefighter was lowered down by rope from the burning building’s roof to rescue a man hanging out of a 5th floor window.

“You couldn’t see anything over the edge, there was so much smoke and flames going out the window,” Jim Lee, of the FDNY’s Rescue 1 unit said in a spot interview on the street.

Lee pulled the man, who was calling for help, from the window and held on as they were both lowered safely to the ground. The rope burned through just as the two made it to the ground.

“I told him to stay calm and when we got down, I said, ‘hope you enjoyed the ride.’ he sort of smiled and he was thankful,” Lee said.

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