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On Sunday, November 23, from 10am-6pm, the folks at Bensonhurst Dental Care (1872 80th St) will be providing dental services free of charge to New York City’s police, firefighters, EMTs, military personnel, and their families.

“We have a unique opportunity to show our men and women in uniform that we are incredibly thankful for their hard work and dedication to the people of this great city,” said Dr. Daniel Rubinshtein.

At the full-day event, Bensonhurst Dental will provide oral cancer screenings, checkups, emergency treatments, as well as kid checkups, fluoride, and cleanings. There will also be a raffle in which one lucky winner will receive a full smile makeover by cosmetic dentist Dr. Marina Rubinshtein.

Food and giveaway bags will be provided.


Photo courtesy of Eddie F.

Twelve firefighters suffered minor injuries in their effort to put down the two-alarm fire that consumed a three-story building located at 4315 18th Avenue yesterday. ABC is reporting that the injured firefighters were being treated for smoke inhalation and exposure to extreme heat. Additionally, two others received minor injuries and were hospitalized as a result of the fire.

Yesterday, we reported on the break out of the blaze, which started around 11:30 a.m. Witnesses claimed that fire was visible through the windows. Residents also noted a glut of FDNY officials and vehicles at the scene with a helicopter circling above.

The building contained stores on the lower level and apartment units on the second and third floors. According to a report by ABC, the injured were treated at Coney Island Hospital, Maimonides Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center.

An investigation as to the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

71 Dahlgren Street. (Source: Google Maps)

71 Dahlgren Place. (Source: Google Maps)

A three-alarm fire broke out at 71 Dahlgren Placein Dyker Heights Monday morning, injuring three firefighters in their battle to contain the blaze. News 12 is reporting that this building partially collapsed in the fire.

Despite the collapse of the building, no civilians were hurt in the fire, which started at 1:30 a.m. Neighbors were reportedly in a panic as the fire grew out of control.

“My neighbor was just ringing the doorbell a million times. I woke up and looked in the backyard and the whole backyard was on fire,” a resident told News 12.

It took the FDNY three hours to control the blaze, causing minor injuries for three firefighters.

An investigation is ongoing regarding the cause of the fire.

Our thoughts are with the three courageous firefighters, and we wish them a speedy recovery.

Source: NYC Fire Wire via Facebook

Source: NYC Fire Wire via Facebook

Many of these 11th Avenue businesses were damaged by the late-night fire. (Source: Google Maps)

Many of these 11th Avenue businesses were damaged by the late-night fire. (Source: Google Maps)

A fast-spreading fire ripped through seven storefronts just before midnight on Monday, on 11th Avenue and 63rd Street in Dyker Heights. The blaze sent several firefighters to the emergency room.

The fire destroyed a dry cleaner, a pharmacy, a liquor store, a Chinese restaurant and a grocery store. The fire took several hours to get under control as one witness remarked that flames were shooting towards the sky. Another witness said that firefighters had a tough time removing the metal security gates from the storefronts which made the challenge of fighting the fire all the more difficult, according to an ABC News report.

Several firefighters were hurt battling the blaze, but none seriously so. The FDNY still doesn’t know the cause of the fire and in what business the fire originated.

Source: Google Maps

After a three-alarm fire set a Borough Park home ablaze early Friday morning, investigators have been sifting through a load of very bizarre allegations.

The three-story home at 1029 42nd Street began to burn at about 6:30 a.m. The blaze, which may have started in the basement, quickly engulfed the entire house. Fortunately, none of the residents suffered any major injuries. Further, of the hundreds of firefighters who put the flames out, only five were treated for minor injuries.

“It’s a very labor intensive fire, we have to pull all of the walls down, pull all of the ceilings down to expose the fire and get water into those voids,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Robert Long to NY1.

While investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, residents of the home think they know what started the flames. They’re pointing the finger at neighbors who don’t want them in the neighborhood. They claim that several other homes have been burned down over the years for the same reasons.

“I’m just really hoping that this was not intentionally set. That all of us people are not homeless because somebody wanted the property,” stated Laura Gonzalez, a resident of the charred home.

Fire reps said they will investigate all possible leads. They assure that if foul play was involved, they will get to the bottom of it.

Source: Google Maps

At about 6:30 a.m. this morning a three-alarm fire burned through a three-story Borough Park home at 1029 42nd Street, near New Utrecht Avenue.

The fire apparently started in the basement of the residence. More than 150 firefighters fought the major blaze.

“I was sleeping. Next thing I know, everyone was yelling, ‘Smoke!’” said 30-year building resident and owner, Riccardo Grey to DNAinfo.

He made a dash downstairs to check on his 2-year-old pit bull.  When he opened the door, a cloud of smoke penetrated the room. He had to run out and has not been able to find the dog since.

Six people were injured, including five firemen. And all 17 residents of the building who were home at the time of the fire are now homeless.

The fire was under control at about 8:30 a.m.

From the offices of Congressman Michael Grimm:

BROOKLYN, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-Brooklyn/S.I.) and State Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I – Brooklyn) sent a letter to Community Board 10 Chairwoman Joanne Seminara in support of naming the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and 85th Street “Firefighter Michael G. Behette 9/11 Memorial Way.”  Michael Behette was a Dyker Heights resident and firefighter who died last month from a 9/11-related cancer. His family has requested the street naming in his honor, and Rep. Grimm and Senator Golden are lending their full support.

“Michael Behette was a true American hero who bravely rushed into a dust cloud of danger when others ran away,” said Rep. Grimm. “His selfless love for our city, for others, and for his profession as NYC fire fighter ultimately cost him his life, and that should never be forgotten. It is with great privilege that I join Senator Golden in support of naming this memorial after our hometown hero, Michael Behette, so that we will never forget his inspiring story or the sacrifices he made on our behalf,” said Rep. Grimm.

“Firefighter Michael Behette was an example to us all.  His dedication to the recovery efforts is a reminder of the service and sacrifice of our bravest to help move our city forward after we were attacked.  Michael gave everything for his city, state, and nation, and today I join with Congressman Grimm in calling for our city to remember and honor his ultimate sacrifice by this memorial on 85th Street.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family, and I call on all to remember that while all gave some in those days and months, some, like Michael, gave all,” said Senator Golden.

Michael Behette was assigned to Ladder 172 in Bensonhurst. When the towers were hit, Behette was on vacation in Florida. Unable to get a flight home, he drove straight to Ground Zero where he worked for the next 31 days in rescue and recovery operations.  He stayed on site for six more months. He was diagnosed in 2011 and passed on September 17th, 2012 from lung cancer, which is believed to have been caused from exposure to the toxins at the WTC site.

Rep. Grimm and his staff have met with members of the Behette family who brought the matter to their attention, as well as helped the family obtain the application for the street naming.  Rep. Grimm and Senator Golden have written the attached letter of support to be submitted today with the family’s application.

The cause of a multi-vehicle accident on the eastbound lane of the Belt Parkway this morning has been revelead.

Henry Brimsley was driving in an eastbound lane and made a careless U-turn after spotting a parked police car on the shoulder. He started driving against traffic, the wrong-way, to avoid the cops. He may or may have been evading the speed-trap.

He was driving a black Honda and crashed into a van that hit another vehicle, according to the New York Daily News.

His reckless move caused a three-car crash that sent 11 people to Lutheran and Coney Island hospitals. Luckily, no one was killed.

Brimsley was booked on several charges including reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license. He was treated for a broken leg.

A car collision involving a driver going the wrong-way on the Belt Parkway is suspected to be behind a major accident that occurred earlier this morning.

Eleven drivers were injured at around 6:30 a.m. near exit 5. The collision shut down all east-bound lanes and two west-bound lanes.

Three cars were involved in the pile-up; one was a large white van carrying several passengers. Firefighters and the NYPD were able to get all of the victims out of their cars. Thus far, no deaths have been reported, according to the New York Post.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to LVladimirova (at) bensonhurstbean (dot) com.

Firefighter Brooklyn Car Accident

"NYPD - Blue" via Flickr by Alejandro Mejía 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.

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