An early morning fire broke out on Sunday inside the Wyckoff Gardens houses in Park Slope had to have nearly 70 firefighters to fight it and a brand new firefighter, Jordan Sullivan, who was going on his very first fire run, was the one who saved an infant boy, age 5 months, in one of the bedrooms. At the same time, another firefighter, Bryan Kelly, found an 8-year-old girl in another bedroom. Both of the children were suffering from smoke inhalation.
The two children were alive Sunday evening due to the actions of the two brave hero firefighters. Both of the youngsters were asleep in different bedrooms up on a fifth-floor apartment in the Wyckoff Gardens houses on 3rd Ave. at about 2:10 a.m. when a fire erupted in one of the bedrooms, stated fire department officials.
There were also two other inhabitants of the apartment, an older woman, age 63, who was identified by nearby individuals as being the grandmother of the kids and a teen-age boy, about age 14, who was said to have been their older brother. They were each able to get out of the fire with an infant who was believed to be around 14 months of age. The three of them had all experienced having suffered minor injuries.
One neighbor who resides on the first floor of the building stated that the grandmother was banging on her door. She found the older woman crying and screaming in the hall, explained the neighbor, who explained how she resided on the very first floor of the building. She added that the grandma was also yelling because she was so worried about the children. She kept repeating that they were still in the apartment and she could not get them out.
One of the other witnesses, who also refused to give his name, tried to save the children but instead found himself choked by the heavy smoke and could not get inside the apartment. He stated that the whole hallway where the apartment was located was full of smoke. He explained about trying to get inside the apartment but because there was so much of the smoke, he could not even see his own hand in front of him nor could he breathe.
Each of the heroic firefighters cradled the two small children, who each had suffered from smoke inhalation, in their arms as they hurried them to awaiting paramedics and ambulances on the scene.
One fire department chief was quick to celebrate both men for their heroic efforts. He stated that each of them did a super job, right at the scene of the fire.
Paramedics took one of the young fire victims to Methodist Hospital while the other was taken to Cornell Hospital. At the present time, each of the children were listed in stable condition, stated both police and fire investigators. In the meantime the New York Fire Marshall was beginning to investigate just what caused the fire in the first place.
An early morning fire on Sunday inside the Wyckoff Gardens houses in Park Slope had to have nearly 70 firefighters to fight it and a brand new firefighter, Jordan Sullivan, who was going on his very first fire run, was the one who saved an infant boy, age 5 months, in one of the bedrooms.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Wall Street Journal