More Truck Appreciation: Brooklyn Apartment Fire With Cops, Tortoise Trapped and P.G. Tower Crew Rescues Bird Stuck In Tree

Squad 1 takes in a fire that claimed a tortoise and PG’s Tower 43 rescues a bird.

An apartment fire in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood started out interesting and ended even more interesting. The phone alarm for 7116 5th Avenue didn’t have much beyond the three calls reporting a fire. It wasn’t until Engine Company 241 arrived and gave an “urgent” request for the 10-75. It broke loose after that with the dispatcher adding a report of police officers possibly trapped. In the end, four officers were removed from the fire building and a pet tortoise – identified as the possible cause of the fire – perished.
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Box 2644, 5th Avenue and 72nd Street
E.241, E.201, E.284, E.247, E.242
L.109, TL.114
L.149 (FAST)
Batt.40, Batt.42
Rescue Co.5
Squad Co.1
Division 8

The main body of fire was knocked with two lines stretched.
“Trouble Making Turtle Starts Brooklyn Fire”, NY Post
“Fire Marshals Determine Cause of Brooklyn Fire … a Tortoise”, FDNY

In other PETA good press, Prince George’s County firefighters were called out to rescue a bird stuck in tree.


A concerned citizen contacted the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department (Co.43) about having the fire department check on the welfare of a bird that appeared to be stuck in a tree. Tower 43 as well as the Citizen Service Unit went out and did in fact “rescue” a Common Grackle tangled in a tree with string. The bird was turned over the the CSU who transported it to the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary for additional care.
Chief PIO Mark Brady has all the details and photos, “Firefighters Make Bird Rescue in Bowie “

True, it’s humorous – and we’re only joking about the truckies and medal day – however, we shouldn’t knock good press like this. The “customer” remembers this kind of stuff more than they do the “routine” fire across town.

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