Initial reports indicate firefighter may have fallen while trying to exit roof to bucket. More info available as it comes in. Address of the fire was at 1615 Putnam Ave. in Queens. It has been confirmed that the brother firefighter has been critically injured from the fall.
This from Nydailynews.com
A city firefighter died Thursday afternoon after a five-story plunge from the roof of a burning Queens apartment building, sources told the Daily News.
The unidentified first responder was pronounced dead shortly after he fell from the building on Putnam Ave. near Wyckoff Ave. in Ridgewood just after 2:20 p.m., according to the FDNY.
Mayor de Blasio was on his way to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to visit the injured smoke eater when the firefighter died at the hospital. He was brought to the hospital in cardiac aarrest, sources said.
“It sounded like an explosion when he fell,” said witness Angie Cordero, 43, who lives across the street. “People from above could see the blood from his head. A worker nearby got sick when he saw it.”
Signal 5-5-5-5 transmitted:
We found some more info here: http://breaking911.com/breaking-firefighter-plunges-several-floors-battling-blaze-nyc/