Firefighter injured in Queens blaze

A New York City firefighter has died after falling five stories while battling a fire in Queens. Tolley and other firefighters were on the roof, which is standard procedure. De Blasio said he spoke to the 42-year-old's wife, Marie, his brother, Bobby, and his parents. The FDNY got the fire under control in about half an hour.

An eyewitness said that it appeared that the firefighter was attempting to climb from the roof onto the bucket, when he fell 6 stories.

Firefighter William Tolley, 42, was on the roof a five-story residential building on Putnam Avenue where a fire broke out at approximately 2:20 p.m., FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. "I was in my apartment looking out the window and then all of a sudden I saw him fall", said neighbor Angie Cordero, 43. "It was really in the operation that he was performing on the roof - which is a routine operation for us, and somehow he fell from the roof", Nigro said.

During a briefing Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tolley had been a member of the FDNY for 14 years.

"It looked like it jerked a little bit, and the door on the side was open, and he was standing over there and he fell out", another man said.

Tolley was brought to the medical center in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead a short time later, sources told the Daily News.

At least two other people were injured in the blaze, authorities say.

"This is an extremely unsafe job that our dedicated members put their lives on the line every day to protect the residents of the City of NY", he said.

"Everyone is in shock and grief", de Blasio wrote on Twitter. He was a member of Ladder 135 and Engine 286 of Ridgewood.

  • Leroy Wright