Members of Ladder Company 78 rescued one man from four feet of clutter while Ladder Company 77 was able to remove another from the second floor over a ladder.
On 20 September two Staten Island men were rescued from a house fire by the members of Ladder Company 78, 77 and Engine Company 156. With fire on the second floor Lieutenant Timothy Rail and his team entered the structure and encountered piles of debris three to four feet high.
Debris is piled high outside 20 Egmont Pl., where firefighters rescued two people. (Staten Island Advance/Kiawana Rich)
Lieutenant Rail noticed the victim’s hair among the clutter and, with assistance from Firefighter Mike Brancato and Firefighter Philip Sabbatino of Engine 156, began freeing the victim and removing him from the house.
As this was happening firefighters from Ladder Company 77 used a ladder to remove the other occupant from a second floor window. Mounds of books, clothes, papers and other materials made it difficult to fight the fire, but Lieutenant Rail credits the rescues to teamwork.
“Rail, a nine-year FDNY veteran, called the house “the worst Collyers’ Mansion I’ve been in.””
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