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    LODD FDNY Lieutenant Killed in High-Rise Blaze

    FDNY Lieutenant Killed in High-Rise Blaze


    Updated: 01-04-2008 11:16:01 AM

    JOHN DOYLE, PERRY CHIARAMONTE and C.J. SULLIVAN
    Courtesy of The New York Post

    NEW YORK-- A fire officer died last night after he became trapped in a smoky blaze in a Brooklyn high-rise.

    Lt. John H. Martinson, 40, a decorated former NYPD cop, went into cardiac arrest in a smoke-filled 14th-floor unit at the Ebbets Field Apartments in Crown Heights.

    A grim Mayor Bloomberg, who rushed to Kings County Hospital, called Martinson "somebody that we really should use the word 'hero' for."

    Martinson was with the first company at the scene.

    As the smoke grew more intense, his colleagues retreated from the apartment when they began to lose air, but he was unable to escape.

    The fallen firefighter was found unconscious 10 to 15 feet inside the apartment by two members of another unit sent as reinforcements. Officials said Martinson had not broadcast a distress call.

    Martinson suffered burns, but it's not clear why his heart failed - sources said he may have also lost his oxygen (sic) supply.

    The firefighters who pulled him out suffered minor burns. Two other firefighters and six civilians also had minor injuries.

    "I saw [firefighters] carried out on stretchers, with oxygen masks, and they were carrying them across the courtyard," said a 24th-floor resident.

    Martinson - who served as a cop on Staten Island where he won a meritorious-service medal - died at the hospital. The son of a longtime firefighter, Martinson leaves a wife, Jessica, who was expecting their second child. They have a 22-month-old son, John Patrick.

    "There was one thing the wife wanted me to say and it was the one thing I can't say - I can't bring back her husband," Bloomberg said.

    Martinson, of Staten Island, was a 14-year FDNY veteran assigned to Ladder 249 in Flatbush and was a police officer for four years.

    More than 100 firefighters answered the alarm, and the blaze, which started shortly after 7:15 p.m., took less than an hour to extinguish.

    Still, residents said, it was powerful while it lasted.

    Kadiatu Darri, 41, said she and her three children were trapped inside their apartment, next to the one that was ablaze.

    "My son saw fire under the door," she said. "He started yelling, 'Mommy, the fire is coming!' I opened the front door, and all I saw was black smoke.

    "I shut the door and called 911. I was so happy when the firemen came."

    The terrified mom said the firefighters told her to stay inside. Other residents, uncertain what to do, did likewise.

    "There was a lot of smoke coming in because of the draft," said a 60-year-old man who lives on the 21st floor. "If you opened the window, smoke gushed in; if you opened the door, smoke gushed in."

    A 19th-floor tenant said, "I put on my coat and stood near the window. I have a fan. I turned it on and pointed it at the window."

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known. It was not considered suspicious.

    The building has had several fires in recent years, with the most dramatic in March 2006, when a firefighter had to be lowered from the roof to save a woman trapped on the ledge of a 25th-floor window.

    Martinson is the first firefighter to die in the line of duty since two died of cardiac arrest when flames tore through the gutted Deutsche Bank building across from Ground Zero five months ago.

    Republished with permission of The New York Post.
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    Funeral Information

    A public viewing will be held Sunday Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Casey McCallum Rice Funeral Home at 30 Nelson Ave., Staten Island, NY.

    Funeral services will be held Tuesday Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Clare's RC Church at 110 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

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    Child Ignited Deadly New York High-Rise Blaze

    Child Ignited Deadly New York High-Rise Blaze


    Updated: 01-05-2008 04:41:38 PM

    PHILIP MESSING, MATTHEW NESTEL and JULIA DAHL
    Courtesy of The New York Post

    The raging Brooklyn fire that killed an FDNY officer started when a young boy ignited wrapping paper on a stovetop flame the family was using for heat - and then hid the burning debris under his bed, sources said yesterday.

    That set off a chaotic chain of events, culminating in the death of Lt. John Martinson, 40, an adored 14-year veteran who had a 22-month-old son and a child on the way with his wife, Jessica.

    "John Martinson went in first - always," Capt. Thomas Reilly said while surrounded by 60 firefighters outside Engine 249, Ladder 113 in Crown Heights.

    "He led by example in every aspect of his life."

    Martinson was in the first unit of about 100 firefighters who responded to the 14th-floor blaze at 1700 Bedford Ave. on Thursday around 7 p.m.

    A short time earlier, one of the twin 6-year-old boys in apartment 14M torched a piece of wrapping paper with an open flame on the stovetop, which was being used for heat, FDNY sources said.

    He ran to his bedroom and stuck the paper under the bed, leaving a trail of embers his mom followed to the spreading fire. She tried but failed to douse it with water.

    Fire and smoke filled the 125-foot hallway, impeding the first responders' path to the apartment.

    After fighting their way through the smoke into the apartment, the Bravest began to battle the blaze head on.

    But the smoke became overwhelming and the firefighters, who were losing air, had to retreat.

    "It looks like the whole company was running out of air," a source said. "Everyone else got out, but [Martinson] didn't."

    "He ran out of air," said another official.

    Martinson was found unconscious by two firefighters 10 to 12 feet inside the apartment, and died of burns and smoke inhalation at Kings County Hospital, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

    The hero's face was burned, indicating that his mask was off, according to the official.

    "Once you take your mask off, you get a big shot of carbon monoxide," the official said.

    The Scott Air-Paks that firefighters use are generally good for 45 minutes, but the length of time they last depends on the size of the firefighter and his exertion.

    Republished with permission of The New York Post.

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    Funeral Information

    A public viewing will be held Sunday Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Casey McCallum Rice Funeral Home at 30 Nelson Ave., Staten Island, NY.

    Funeral services will be held Tuesday Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Clare's RC Church at 110 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

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    LODD FDNY Lieutenant John H. Martinson

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta regretfully announced the death of Lieutenant John H. Martinson of Engine Company 249 in Brooklyn.

    Lt. Martinson, 40, sustained critical injuries while battling a two-alarm fire at 1700 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on January 3.

    He was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    As firefighters hung ceremonial purple and black bunting on the fa

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    Engine Company 249 Brooklyn

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