Firefighting

Dispatching Error Probed in Fatal Brooklyn (NY) Fire

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is reviewing a dispatching error that delayed getting water on a fatal five-alarm fire in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Saturday. An FDNY spokesman said it’s not clear whether the delay was a factor in the death of an elderly woman.

One of the engines that had been sent to incident was already at another emergency. The spokesman says the delay lasted “over a minute” until dispatchers discovered the error and sent another engine.

High winds and an open door inside the structure reportedly contributed to the intensity and advance of the fire.

FDNY union officials claimed that the fire could have been contained faster if more personnel were available. Twenty firefighters and one civilian were also injured in the fire.