Authorities say an FDNY firefighter died after a partial roof collapsed while battling a house fire in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon.
Mayor Eric Adams identified the firefighter as Timothy Klein, 31, who has been in the service for six and a half years. The mayor said Klein’s father was also a firefighter.
“We pray for him, his family and the city,” Adams told a news conference Sunday.
Klein, a member of the crew that led the crew for Ladder Company 170 in Canarsie, was one of four firefighters trapped in a partial roof collapse on the Avenue N home. An incident commander, noticing the sudden deterioration and burning of the ground, instructed the firefighters to get out.
John Hodgens, executive chairman of the FDNY department, said everyone else was able to jump out the windows or climb ladders.
“Our members had a fever and worked very hard in difficult conditions, but Hodgens said they could not reach Klein and he was injured.”
Klein, of Queens, was the 1,157th NYPD firefighter to die on duty, authorities said. In 2019, he paid tribute to Steven Pollard, another FDNY firefighter from the same Brooklyn firehouse.
FDNY said nine firefighters, including Klein, were injured in the blaze.
FDNY’s Acting Commissioner Laura Cavanaugh said: “I can not describe FDNY’s distress today.
Cavanaugh later said in a press release: “His family has a long history of service at FDNY, and he has courageously followed in their footsteps.
The FDNY Facebook page showed a large number of firefighters standing outside the Brookdale Hospital on Sunday night to pay their respects as his body was transferred to another facility. They lined up from the ambulance to the hospital entrance to pay their respects, some embracing after a while.
The fire call came to the home at 1:49 p.m., Kavanagh said. On Sunday night, Adams’ press secretary, Fabian Levy, said a second victim had died. The FDNY e-mail said the medical examiner’s findings on the identity of the person who was found were pending.
A person from Belle Harbor in Klein Queens described the fire.
According to FDNY, Klein was assigned to FDNY on December 28, 2015, and after graduating from the Fire Academy, was assigned to Ladder Company 170.
He lives with his father, retired FDNY firefighter Patrick Klein, his mother Diane and his three sisters, FDNY reports. Klein’s mother was very upset to comment.
In January 2019, Klein’s Firehouse in Brooklyn’s Canary Division observed the death of fellow FDNY firefighter Pollard, who fell into a road accident while responding to a car crash at Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.
Klein, in a tribute to Pollard’s services, said of his friend and comrade: “When it came to firefighting duty, Steve showed no fear.” Klein added: “That night we lost a real hero … Stevie, it breaks my heart to know that the days of working with you are over.”
FDNY said funerals are pending.
In February 2022, Jesse Gerhard, 33, a member of Ladder 134 on Que Rockway in Queens, served as a volunteer firefighter for 13 years in Islip, dying a day after fighting two alarm fires on Far Rockway. He suffered an undisclosed “medical episode” and was the last FDNY firefighter on duty before Klein.
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