Source: @NYCFireWire via @evgrieve via the Village Voice
A fire broke out at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island (1310 Surf Avenue) over the weekend, according to a report by the Village Voice.
The famous hot dog mecca is still undergoing construction after the damage it took resulting from Superstorm Sandy. The fire broke out on the roof this past Saturday due to that ongoing reconstruction effort.
The fire was put out by the FDNY in less than 20 minutes and no one was hurt. Nathan’s is still expected to reopen for summer business.
Father Michael Gelfant. Source: Facebook. Click to enlarge
Father Michael Gelfant, a pastor at the Saint Finbar Roman Catholic Church in Bath Beach, unleashed a tirade of complaints through his Twitter account against FDNY fines levied against his church, according to a report by the New York Post.
Gelfant, 36, let loose his grievances through the Twitter handle @StFinbarBkln over fines that have cost his church close to $40,000.
“Fire inspectors give the FDNY a bad name. Another Bloomberg scam!”
The church was ticketed for electric lighting hazards, unserviced fire extinguishers and a failure to produce blueprints for the 75-year-old building. Gelfant’s comments have since been removed and he has now released an apology over Facebook, which also blasted the Post for sensationalizing his Twitter remarks:
For the record, the frustration I shared with the public was not directed at the FDNY, to whom we have a very good relationship with, in particular with our local Fire Company. I also specifically told the NY Post’s Susan Edelman that as a parish, we did not want to participate in her story against the Mayor. She refused our request and in releasing her story (creative writing) on Divine Mercy Sunday, attempted to humiliate me personally by using a photo of me from my personal Twitter account. At least Louie made the paper…
The facts are the regular safety violations issued by Fire Prevention have all been cured making Edelman’s article pointless. She confuses the violations on one building and attributes them to our church building which has no violations. In 2010, St. Finbar Church did not pay $12,000 for violations, actually the contractor hired to do the work paid fines.
The point being that Susan Edelman and Cynthia Fagen have conducted themselves in the most reprehensible way. Edelman hung-up the phone on me and Fagen was asked and escorted out of St. Finbar Church for talking on her Cell Phone 3 minutes before the Mass begun disrupting people from praying. Their article is propaganda and perhaps these two newspaper story creators, should refer to the parish Twitter account for spiritual guidance rather then using St. Finbar as a tool to jab the mayor and our public servants. Placing the story on page 2, when there is more important news with regards to our city, makes the judgment of the NY Post editors questionable and reduces the NY Post to a mere tabloid paper. –Fr. Michael Gelfant
Google Image Of The Home That Caught On FIre Souce: Google Maps via brooklyneagle.com
A fire broke out in a Borough Park home on the eve of Passover, injuring one, according to a report by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The home (1259 51st Street) is a three-story private residence located in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. According to the FDNY, the fire broke out in the building’s basement at around 10:44 a.m., though the cause of the fire is not yet known.
There was some speculation that the fire could have been related to a Passover ritual, but officials have expressed no indication that this was the case.
On Monday, Passover Eve, ritual bread burning, known as the “burning of the chametz,” took place at 32 sites established by the community and FDNY in Boro Park as part of the traditional Passover observance. There is no indication at this time that the fire was related to the custom, however.
A spokesperson for Councilman David Greenfield told the Brooklyn Eagle that the bread burning was “running smoothly” and was “very orderly this year. FDNY was all over the place.”
State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting a town hall meeting October 24, 7:00 p.m. at Bay Ridge Preparatory School, 8101 Ridge Boulevard. Golden is inviting residents of the community to attend and discuss quality of life and legislative issues.
Representatives from the New York City Department of Finance, the Department of Buildings, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Department of Sanitation have confirmed their attendance.
“I look forward to leading these conversations with the community so to provide an update on a variety of neighborhood issues and important legislation which I have recently been working on,” Golden stated. “I am glad to join with representatives of key City agencies to work with residents to resolve local problems in an effort to improve our quality of life. I hope you will join me…”
For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Two men were charged with burglary and arson after they stole $5,000 from a Dyker Heights home, and then set it ablaze to cover their tracks.
Saleh Musa, 22, and a 15-year-old accomplice were said to be behind the 3 a.m. fire early Thursday morning. FDNY fire marshals investigated the Bay Ridge and 12th Avenues blaze and found it suspicious.
No word on how the suspects were apprehended.
The duo was charged with arson, burglary and reckless endangerment. They may be charged with assault because a firefighter was injured fighting the fire, according to the New York Daily News.
"NYPD - Blue" via Flickr by Alejandro MejÃa Greene
On October 10, 2010, at 20th Avenue and 65th Street, Brooklyn firefighter Pat Quagliariello struck and killed 25-year-old Guatemalan immigrant Manuel Tzajguachiac. He immediately fled the scene.
Last week, Quagliariello pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of fleeing the scene of a crime and received a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal. His sentence includes speaking at 35 high schools about driving safety and accident prevention. He does not have to serve any jail time.
The firefighter was texting and speeding in his BMW SUV when he struck Tzajguachiac, who was crossing the street. He surrendered to police four hours later, after he stopped to pick up his brother, NYPD detective Anthony Quagliariello. When questioned by officers at the 62nd Precinct, he refused a breathalyzer test.
The accident was captured by a nearby surveillance camera.
Quagliariello is assigned to Ladder 172, located a few blocks from the scene of the crash. He was initially suspended for 30 days without pay and has been on desk duty since the investigation began.
According the Daily News, he has a rap sheet for a 1992 felony attempted assault and served one day in jail and five years’ probation. His EMT certification was also suspended in 2005 for a year because he did not reveal his conviction when applying for the certification.
- Firefighters examine the scene
As first reported by Sheepshead Bites, firefighters discovered the body of an apparent suicide victim while putting out a fire at 2281 Ocean Parkway in Gravesend.
An FDNY EMT on the scene said that the man may have lit the fire prior to shooting himself. NYPD has not yet confirmed the cause of death.
The man who was in his mid-40s lived above ABC Plus Day Care and a gastroenterologist’s office. No other civilians were harmed as both businesses were closed for the weekend.
Reader Rob Abruzzese snapped these pics late last night at the corner of Bay 29th Street and Benson Avenue.
Rob says he was woken up at around 2:30 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass.
“I went out to see what was going on and there were about 10-15 fire trucks and police cars responding to a fire,” Rob told Bensonhurst Bean. “It was on a building Bay 29th St on the corner of Benson Ave. The apartments that took the brunt of the damage were directly on the corner of the building in the 4th and 5th floors.”
Fortunately the consensus among bystanders, as well as an EMT Rob spoke to, was that no one was seriously hurt in the early morning blaze.
“I asked a couple people on the street and one EMT if anybody was hurt and the general answer was probably not (nobody knew for sure).”
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Firefighters and other emergency responders are at the scene of a two-alarm fire has broken out at 6507 18th Avenue, off 65th Street, according to radio reports.
The fire broke out shortly before 9:00 a.m. and ripped through the first and second floors of the building, leading to the eventual collapse of the front.
No injuries have been reported yet, according to a Tweet by Daily News photographer Todd Maisel.
UPDATE (9:41 a.m.): The FDNY has classified the fire as “under control.”
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UPDATE (10:17 a.m.): The fire has been deemed “suspicious” by the fire department. NY1 reports:
At one point, firefighters were ordered out of the building as flames filled the entire structure, causing the roof to collapse.
Fire officials say due to the intensity of the fire and time it took to put out the flames they are deeming the fire suspicious.
“Heavy on arrival building was all locked up in the early morning hours. So these are all indicators of a possible incendiary fire. Fire marshals are here and will do their investigation and talk to the owner,” said FDNY Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora.
A fire swept through a one-story commercial building in Gravesend early this morning, leaving at least one hospitalized.
Firefighters responded to a call to 1716 West 6th Street, just off Kings Highway, at around 4:30 a.m. At first just a two-alarm fire, approximately 150 FDNY responders battled the blaze for more than an hour as it spread to four alarms.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
MyFoxNY is reporting that one person has been hospitalized in serious condition.
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