FDNY's Three-Alarm Fire on a Suspension Bridge

BY ROBERT MAYNESIn the early morning hours of July 10, 2009, vacationers and commuters attempting to escape from Long Island were presented with an astounding image: Fifty feet of flames originating approximately 10 feet below and extending 40 feet above the roadway of the Throgs Neck Bridge (TNB) were visible from the westbound Cross Island Parkway, just past Fort Totten in the New York City borough of Queens. By the end of that day, more than 300 first responders from multiple agencies had worked to prevent the loss of the bridge. For 30 days, motorists were significantly impacted. If not for the professional tactics employed by first-alarm units, damage to the bridge would have been im...

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