New York Firefighter Trapped Briefly as Roof Collapses

A three-alarm fire in Bedford Hills gutted an unoccupied 3,000-square-foot ranch house early Saturday, burning for hours and injuring several firefighters, including one who was briefly trapped after the roof collapsed, reports The Journal News.

Firefighters arrived at the fire, which was first reported around 2:54 a.m., well after it had started, said Assistant Bedford Hills Fire Chief Joseph Lombardo. He declined to speculate on the cause of the fire, or say if it was considered suspicious.

“The house was well-engulfed, well-advanced upon our arrival,” Lombardo said.

Up to 75 firefighters poured water on the four-bedroom house at 27 Bisbee Lane, which was built in 1958, according to online real estate listings. A few hours after firefighters arrived the fire was under control, but not before a roof collapse near the “tail end” of the operation, Lombardo said.

The owner, Thalia Stamatelos, who bought the home in January with her husband, said one firefighter was trapped for around 10 minutes after the collapse, and had to be taken to the hospital with burns.

“I’m in tears because I know one of (the firefighters). The thing collapsed on them, the roof,” Stamatelos said.

None of the injuries the firefighters sustained were considered life-threatening, Lombardo said, and the home, which Stamatelos described as a ” ’60s rambling ranch,” was apparently unoccupied when the fire started.

Eight tankers shuttled water from hydrants closer to the town center, Lombardo said, describing that as a routine solution. At least six fire departments responded.

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