Deutsche Bank Fire
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Deutsche bank fire
Two New York City firefighters were killed on Saturday afternoon as they battled a seven-alarm fire in a vacant high-rise building across the street from the World Trade Center site.
Killed were Firefighters Robert Beddia, 53, of Engine 24 and Joseph Graffagnino, 34, of Ladder 5.
"They were found right away, and they were pulled out," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Doctors said the level of carbon monoxide is at such an elevated level that it's not surprising that they went into cardiac arrest."
"Today's events really are another cruel blow to our city and to our fire department," said Mayor Bloomberg.
The fire started on the 17th floor of the Deustche Bank, an abandoned 40-story building 1.4 million square feet of office space. Commissioner Scoppetta said the fire was reported just after 3 p.m. by workers who noticed smoke in the building. They called the elevator operator who then found fire on the 17th floor. The construction workers were quickly evacuated.
"This was an especially difficult fire," Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta told the media. "We had to get the hoses up to the 17th floor. We had to use ropes to get the hoses up there."
A department press release stated that the two firefighters became trapped in "maze-like conditions" on the 14th floor of the building.
Witnesses said that burning pieces of scaffolding floated from the building as the fire raged out several windows and covered lower Manhattan with smoke.