NYC firefighter falls several stories, dies
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.