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Teen ‘Angel’ Died in Fire Caused by Overloaded Power Strip; Father Thought She was behind Him during Escape

NY Daily News – August 20, 2014 by Edgar Sandoval, Thomas Tracy A teen “angel” looking forward to the start of school died when a blistering fire tore through her Hamilton Heights home, heartbroken neighbors said Tuesday. Melissa Mendez, 15, was escaping the flames with her father Monday afternoon when the two got separated in […]

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2 Unconscious Women are Rescued from NYC Apartment Fire

NY Post – August 18, 2014 by Kirstan Conley and C.J. Sullivan A rookie firefighter and two other smoke eaters rescued a pair of young women from an East Village apartment blaze Sunday morning. FDNY Lt. Michael Demeo, firefighter John Rocchio and probationary firefighter Marlon Sahai, broke down the door to the women’s first-floor apartment […]

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Nobody Minded Store on 911-System Shift, Leading to Boondoggle

Chief Leader – August 12, 2014 by SARAH DORSEY The Bloomberg administration mismanaged its 911- system overhaul and relied too heavily on poorly-monitored outside contractors, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, Comptroller Scott Stringer and the city Department of Investigation charged Aug. 6. The Comptroller issued a critical 24-page report two […]

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Man Rescued after Getting Stuck in Clothing Bin

NY Post – August 13, 2014 by Natasha Velez This was no charity rescue. A dimwitted thief trying to get his hands on donations inside a charity clothing bin in Upper Manhattan had to be rescued by firefighters early Tuesday — ­after his leg got stuck when he attempted to climb into the container, authorities […]

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Explosion Kills Jackson Heights Woman – August 10, 2014 by Bill Parry An early morning fire claimed the life of a 46-year-old Jackson Heights woman Saturday, according to the NYPD. Residents of The Saybrook building, at 85-10 43rd Ave., said Sophia Paz was killed when something caused an explosion in her sixth-floor apartment just after 3 a.m. “You could […]

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Tribeca Blaze Injures 8 — Though None Seriously

NY Daily News – August 11, 2014 by Joseph Stepansky, Alfred Ng Eight people, including a firefighter, suffered minor smoke inhalation in a blaze at a residential high-rise in Tribeca. The FDNY says the fire broke out in a fifth-floor apartment at Independence Plaza North at 310 Greenwich St. around 8:40 p.m. Sunday. The blaze […]

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