Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2 NYC Bravest Injured at Queens Fire by Erin Calabrese and Philip Messing - New York Post

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Two firefighters were hospitalized after falling 15 feet while fighting a four-alarm blaze in Queens last night, authorities said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused them to plunge while in the warehouse at 56-95 49th Place in Maspeth shortly after 8 p.m.

One suffered a broken arm, the other a minor head injury, officials said. Both were taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

"They were pulled out of the warehouse conscious and on their own power," an FDNY spokesman said.

A third firefighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The warehouse was unoccupied and in an industrial area.

It took about five hours to bring the blaze under control.