Two fires were recorded in New York City on Christmas Day, in the morning and in the afternoon, and the flames were fanned by strong winds.
A 76-year-old man died, two firefighters were injured and dozens of people displaced due to two fires registered on Christmas Day in different parts of Manhattan.
The first fire was recorded on Monday at 7:30 in the morning in an apartment on a 35th floor on W-56th Street in Manhattan.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and tried to climb to the penultimate floor of the 36-story building but the building’s elevators were not working well and strong winds made their work difficult, said New York Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella.
The fire was confined to a single apartment and inside a room the firemen found an unconscious man identified as John Doktor, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two firefighters were also injured during firefighting although none were in danger.
“It was an intense fire fueled by the wind,” said Deputy Chief of Fire, Joe Woznica, and explained that the 25 units of firefighters that arrived at the scene were faced with a “quite hot and dangerous” scenario.
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The fire occurred in an area of midtown Manhattan full of tourists celebrating Christmas and a few blocks from the Cathedral of St. Patrick’s and the Rockefeller Plaza, known worldwide for its Christmas tree.
On the same day, in the afternoon, another fire broke out on W-19th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood, next to a fire station.
A total of 140 firefighters responded to the emergency and the fire consumed much of the upper floor and roof of the building.
Dozens of people had to leave the place and seek refuge in a nearby pharmacy to protect themselves from the intense cold that was registered in the city.
Like the fire in the morning, the flames of this fire were also fanned by the strong wind blowing over the city and the fire took more than one to be extinguished.
A firefighter and another person were slightly injured in this incident.