Firefighters rescue six people from burning Brooklyn home

Emotional family members after two babies were rescued by firefighters from Ladder Company 114 during a fire in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Oct. 1, 2021.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Brooklyn firefighters pulled six people from a burning brownstone on Friday night during a blaze that left 16 people injured.

Published reports indicated five people remain in serious condition from injuries suffered in the fire, which ignited just before 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 on the second and third floors of a home at 535 46th St. in Sunset Park.

Members of Ladder Company 114 crawled past heavy fire conditions to rescue children from the second floor bedroom as people were frantic in the streets. Some of the victims were unconscious, and firefighters began performing CPR to revive them.

Firefighters from Ladder Company 114 crawled past heavy fire to rescue two babies during a fire in a brownstone in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Oct. 1, 2021.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

“The firefighters ran with the babies in the streets to paramedics and police officers at the 72nd Precinct. They were covered in soot. I was trying to calm the dad down,” said neighbor Mike Nieves.

The children were transported to Maimonides Childrens Hospital. FDNY assistant Chief Michael Gala said “first due units saved lives tonight. It is what we do best.”

In total sixteen people were injured in the fire. Their injuries range from life threatening to minor. Units threw several beds out the windows.

Firefighters used two hose lines to knock down the main body of fire. The fire was placed under control at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 2.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation by the FDNY Fire Marshals.