Firefighter injured in Queens blaze

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

It's not immediately clear what caused the firefighter to fall from the roof, officials said.

He is survived by his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Isabelle.

The fire broke out in a 5-story apartment building on Putnam Avenue in Ridgewood at about 2:30 p.m. A pair of ladders were still attached to the five story brick building. He was already up there on top of the roof in the bucket. The death was under investigation by the FDNY.

"The fire was on the second floor". More than 100 firefighters battled to bring it under control.

Angie Cordero, 43, was in her house directly across the street from the building watching from the second-story window when Tolley fell.

Firefighter William Tolley died Wednesday while battling a blaze in Queens when he fell off a roof.

"It was nothing about the fire that really had anything to do with the accident that occurred". Nigro described the task Tolley was performing as "routine".

Chopper 2 was over the scene of the blaze on Thursday afternoon.

"It looked like it jerked a little bit, and the door on the side was open, and he was standing over there and he fell out", another man said.

Tolley was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn in serious condition, but he later succumbed to his injuries, fire officials said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro spoke about the tragedy during a short news conference at the hospital. Witnesses told CBS2's Dave Carlin he may have been operator of the ladder truck.

"A man dedicated to protecting others gave his life to his work", de Blasio said. "This is an extremely unsafe job that our dedicated members put their lives on the line every day to protect the residents of the City of NY".

"Everyone is in shock and grief", de Blasio wrote on Twitter. He was a firefighter at Ladder 135 Engine 286.

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