2001-03-31 / Front Page

Far Rock Blaze Leaves Six Injured

An ‘all-hands’ fire tore through a three-story Far Rockaway home on Wednesday afternoon, March 28, resulting in four people being injured when they jumped from a second-floor window to save their lives.

Just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday a fire broke out at 11-45 Nameoke Street. Trapped by the flames, four of the residents escaped through a second-floor window. According to an eyewitness, the four residents jumped, landing on dirt and grass.

Three of the jumpers broke their legs when they tumbled to the ground and a fourth person suffered burns on the hands, said a Fire Department spokesperson.

Sixty firefighters responded to the blaze, with units coming to the peninsula from mainland Queens. It took approximately a half an hour to battle the fire.

Two firemen suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Two of the jumpers also went to St. John’s and two others were transported to Jamaica Hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation and multiple injuries.

The Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the blaze.

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