Following two fires in a 24-hour period that injured 27 people, c
Closing the door isolates fire and prevents smoke, heat and flames from spreading.
At 9:06 a.m. Monday, FDNY was called to 2402 Benson Avenue in Brooklyn for a report of a fire on the first floor of a four-story apartment building. The door from the fire apartment to the public hallway was left open, allowing the fire to spread beyond the apartment.
At 1:54 a.m. Tuesday, FDNY was called to 515 East 72 Street in Manhattan for report of a fire on the 24th floor of a 41-story apartment building. The door from the fire apartment to the public hallway was left open, allowing the fire to spread beyond the apartment.
Both fires are under investigation by fire marshals.
“If you are escaping a fire in your home or apartment, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to close the door to reduce the spread of fire,” said Nigro. “Leaving a door open allows the fire to grow rapidly, spread throughout the building, and puts the lives of building occupants and responding firefighters in grave danger.”