2009-01-16 / Top Stories

Police Rush Into Blazing Far Rockaway Fire

By Howard Schwach

Firefighters work to put out the blaze. Firefighters work to put out the blaze. Police officers on patrol in the 101 Precinct on Tuesday afternoon spotted flames pouring from a Far Rockaway home. They rushed into the burning building to warn residents to evacuate, immediately after alerting the fire department.

Local sources tell The Wave that Sergeant Traci Barrett and her partner saw the burning home at 25-80 Beach Channel Drive at about 3 p.m. on January 13.

Nobody was home, according to Natasha Robinson, who lives in the house and said that everybody was out either at work or at school.

"Even though nobody was home, the police, and especially the sergeant, did a wonderful job," Robinson said. "When my daughter came home from school, she saw the fire and thought that I was inside and the sergeant assured her that everything was all right."

Firefighters arrived within minutes, eyewitnesses said, and the fire was quickly extinguished.

Fire department sources say that the blaze started in the basement, but was not of suspicious origin.

Young resident of the burning house speaks with mother on a cell phone as police officers watch over her. Young resident of the burning house speaks with mother on a cell phone as police officers watch over her.

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