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    FDNY Firefighter critically injured

    Firefighter critically injured

    By TAMER EL-GHOBASHY, TOM RAFTERY and LEO STANDORA
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS


    A fast-moving blaze raged through a two-story commercial building in Brooklyn last night, critically injuring a firefighter who was overcome by dense smoke, officials said.

    The 26-year-old Ladder 120 fireman wasn't breathing when he was rescued by fellow members of his company from the basement of 1636 Pitkin Ave. in Brownsville, officials said.

    But he was revived at the scene and rushed to the hyperbaric chamber at Brookdale University Hospital, where doctors said he was in guarded condition and expected to survive. His name wasn't immediately released.

    More than 200 men using 44 pieces of equipment battled the blaze, which spread to 1630 Pitkin Ave., into this morning.

    Fire Department spokesman Frank Gribbon said the first firefighters and equipment were on the scene within minutes of the first alarm at 9:47 p.m. They found the building near Bristol St. engulfed in smoke and flame. The blaze went to four alarms in little more than an hour and then to a fifth early this morning.

    "It's a very serious fire that apparently started in the basement," he said. "Firemen had a difficult time because it spread so rapidly to the stores upstairs."

    The building houses a number of retail outlets, including a Foot Locker; drug, clothing and jewelry stores; a hair salon, and the office of Democratic Assemblyman William Boyland.

    Fire officials believe the blaze began in the basement and were investigating the cause.

    Robbie Montior, manager of the Foot Locker, said a boiler in the basement recently had been cleaned.

    In addition to spraying water on the flames, firefighters used "high ex" foam, which expands to smother the fire.

    Police cordoned off a stretch of Pitkin Ave. as scores of spectators gathered to watch firefighters battle the blaze.

    Originally published on March 5, 2003



    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...8p-60264c.html

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    INJURED FIREMAN BREATHES EASIER

    INJURED FIREMAN BREATHES EASIER


    By NEIL GRAVES


    March 6, 2003 -- A rookie firefighter who suffered a critical case of smoke inhalation fighting a five-alarm blaze in Brooklyn is improving.

    Robert Petrarca, 26, of Staten Island, remained in critical but stable condition, but showed "a slight improvement - he opened his eyes," a Brookdale Hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

    The huge blaze broke out in a Pitkin Avenue building Tuesday night.

    An FDNY spokesman denied reports of an equipment failure, but acknowledged Petrarca's oxygen reserves were low.

    "His alarm went off," he said. "Somehow, he got separated from the men" and became "disoriented in the darkness."



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    injuried ff

    well my thoughts and prayers go out him and his family.

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