It Happened Last Night in New York...

Thursday, March 08, 2007 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department strive to remain aware of endeavors and challenges faced by Firefighters nationwide.

It was therefore with a sense of sadness and empathy that we read this morning's headlines:

NEW YORK (AP) - Eight children and an adult died and several others were injured in a house fire that authorities are calling one of New York's deadliest blazes in recent memory.

Witnesses described a ghastly sight of a woman hurling children through broken windows in hopes of saving the kids from Wednesday night's inferno... (more...)

While events such as these produce strong discussion - and emotion among Firefighters, this particular incident is far too important to keep 'inside baseball'.

Along with our sympathies, the best way for us to respect those who died is seeing that such incidents are prevented - and for that, we need your help.

Last night's inferno in the Highbridge section of the Bronx could easily happen tomorrow in your hometown, your neighborhood, your street, your...

We think you get the picture.

The issues of home heating and electrical safety, functional smoke alarms and a well-practiced escape plan for your family are oft-repeated in this LAFD News & Information blog.

...and the problem is not unique to large cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Just last week, we offered the sobering fact that more than 200 Americans died as the result of fire in the first three weeks of February alone.

It happened last night in New York. Don't let it happen to you!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey
Los Angeles Fire Department


david barrett said...

Fatalities in single family dwellings are going up - not down. There isn't anything a professional fire agency can do to save a life if the home owner doesn't take responsibility for their own living quarters.

Brian's words are life-saving IF we listen and take steps to ensure our homes and apartments include escape routes, detectors, working phone lines, etc. There's no need for anyone to die in a single family dwelling in day to day conditions.

Thanks, Brian. Stay safe.

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