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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 16, 2012



Following a fatal fire and two carbon monoxide incidents with fatalities and serious injuries over the last several days, the FDNY is strongly urging all New Yorkers to have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

“Most fatal fires occur overnight when people are sleeping and unaware of the fire spreading throughout their home.  Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer for a good reason – it can take a life quickly, and without warning,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  “For these reasons, we urge every New Yorker to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector for their home.  The notification it provides can make the difference between life and death.”

  • On Saturday, January 14th, at 90-08 101 Avenue in Queens, a carbon monoxide incident took the lives of a 66-year-old male and a 29 year-old male.  No working carbon monoxide detector was present in the home.
  • On Sunday, January 15th, at 1066 Decatur Street in Brooklyn, a three-alarm fire took the life of a nine-year-old boy, critically injured one adult male, and seriously injured six additional residents.  No working smoke detector was present in the apartment.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by FDNY Fire Marshals.
  • On Monday, January 16th, at 2363 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx, a carbon monoxide incident lead to twelve patients being transported to local hospitals, two of them in serious condition. No working carbon monoxide detector was present in the apartment.

If a smoke or carbon monoxide detector is activated, evacuate your home immediately and call 911.   To report problems with heat or boilers, which could potentially lead to a carbon monoxide incident, New Yorkers should call 311.

Additional fire safety information, including specific safety information about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be found on the FDNY website at

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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