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February 21, 2011
FDNY union blames fatal fire on staff shortage
Source: The Wall Street Journal
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK — The union representing New York City firefighters says staff cuts impeded how the FDNY responded to an apartment blaze that left one person dead and dozens of firefighters injured.

But the FDNY says it was conditions in the apartment along with the weather that made the fire so difficult.

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy says the staff cuts caused delays in getting water on the Saturday night blaze in Brooklyn. It started on the 4th floor and quickly spread. One of the first engines to respond was down a firefighter after reductions and that slowed the process, Cassidy says. More than 20 firefighters were hurt, and a woman found dead.

The FDNY says that an open apartment door helped fuel the blaze, and it was stoked by heavy winds.



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