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[Share]Published: June 10, 2014

Charcoal Grill Causes 2-Alarm Fire in Queens

FDNY fire marshals determined that a 2-alarm fire on 42nd Street in Queens on June 8 was caused by the illegal use of a charcoal grill on a rooftop, reminding all New Yorkers to exercise caution when using barbecues this summer.

Fire marshals said someone was using a small grill on the roof of their residence at around 4 p.m. when it was tipped over, igniting the roof and extending into the cockloft (the space between the ceiling of the top floor and the roof).

The person grilling attempted to extinguish the lit coals with a pot of water from inside, then using two fire extinguishers from the public hallway, with no success, before calling 911.

The fire caused two firefighters to sustain minor injuries.

The incident reminds all New Yorkers that charcoal and propane grills should be used with caution.

PLEASE NOTE It is strictly prohibited and illegal in New York City to:

  • Store or use a propane grill on the roof of any building.
  • Use a charcoal grill on the roof of any building.
  • Store or use a propane grill on a residential property with a three or more family residence.
  • Store or use a propane grill on the terrace or balcony of an apartment building.

Learn more about how to stay safe when barbecuing this summer.

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