Walden (NY) Firefighter in Coma After Collapsing at Fire

A Walden firefighter was in a medically induced coma after he collapsed while fighting a fire in the village Saturday night, reports dailyfreeman.com.

The five-alarm fire brought 10 fire departments and 100 firefighters to the scene from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to New York City Fire Wire, Firefighter Craig Buccieri, a retired New York City fireman, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was revived by medics en route to the hospital.

During the height of the fire, flames shot through of the roof of the three-story building that houses a restaurant on the street level and seven apartments on the two floors above.

Fire Chief Frederick Williams said there was some difficulty in fighting the fire that apparently started on the roof and extended to the cock loft below.

“Just because it is in an older building, it’s plaster construction, so it takes more to get through that to get to the fire because we really have no access to the roof. The fire was on the third floor, so that wore the guys out,” Williams said. “We were rotating crews out and also it was warm, so that wore that took a lot out of the guys also.”

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