Manhattan Working: Videos, Audio from Box 1568, Numerous Calls

“Battalion one-six, we’ve got reports of people jumping out windows,”


Box 1568 was transmitted for the reported fire in a multiple dwelling on 18 August 2014. Multiple calls reported fire also in 506 and 508. The Manhattan dispatcher also gave the Battalion 19 chief additional reports of people trapped in the fire apartment and people jumping.

Fire was initially reported on the third floor. Progress reports also stated fire on the first, second and fourth floors as well. Incident quickly went to four-alarms and was reported as “Probably Will Hold” at roughly an hour and a half after initial alarm. One occupant was killed and two others injured. 10 firefighters also reportedly suffered minor injuries. 6th Division chief was the incident commander after the second-alarm. Engine Company 80 and Ladder Company 23 were first-due.

View from Exposure 1 (W. 136 Street) How will you get to the rear?


Overhead view of Exposure 4 where local news videos of firefighter on rear fire escape were filmed


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BioPicBill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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