NYC fire­fighter falls sev­eral sto­ries, dies

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — A New York City fire­fighter died on Thurs­day af­ter fall­ing five sto­ries while bat­tling a fire in Queens, of­fi­cials said.

Wil­liam Tol­ley, 42, was on the roof of the apart­ment build­ing dur­ing a fire that started in a sec­ond floor apart­ment just be­fore 2:30 p.m. when he fell. Tol­ley was rushed to a hos­pi­tal where he died. Three other peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries be­fore the blaze was brought un­der con­trol in less than an hour.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said the 14-year vet­eran from Lad­der 135 En­gine 286 in Ridge­wood leaves be­hind his wife, Marie, and a daugh­ter, Is­abella, 8.

It was too early to say what caused the fire­fighter to fall about 20 min­utes into the fire­fight. The cir­cum­stances re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Last month, an emer­gency worker for the New York Fire De­part­ment was struck by her own am­bu­lance and killed af­ter the ve­hi­cle was stolen.

Yadira Ar­royo, a mother of five sons, was re­spond­ing to a rou­tine call when she was flagged down by a pedes­trian about a theft. Ar­royo got out of the ve­hi­cle and a man darted into the driver’s seat and ran over her.

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