Timothy Klein Firefighter Dies
Today, Mayor Eric Adams and Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announced the death of 31-year-old firefighter Timothy Klein in the Brooklyn roof collapse, with 7 injured.
Firefighter Dies in Brooklyn Ceiling Collapse
He is a veteran of the circuit for six years.
Firefighter Klein responded to the Fire Alert 3 at 108-26 Avenue Inn in Brooklyn this afternoon.
He was seriously injured in a collapse inside the building while valiantly fighting the fire.
Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said firefighters were inside the house when its dilapidated structure prompted officials to call for an evacuation.
Before they could do so, Klein and three other FDNY members became trapped when part of the roof collapsed.
Kavanaugh said the other members were able to get out of the fire and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Acting FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said Klein — who is assigned Ladder 170 in Canarcy — was the 1157th member of the department to die in the line of duty.
A wounded civilian was treated at the scene.
One person living in the house was unaccounted for in the hours immediately following the fire. It was not clear if they were at home at the time.
Neighbors in the area were encouraged to close the windows due to the amount of smoke in the air.
The New York Department of National Defense said the blaze was quickly raised to a third fire alert level after the house was engulfed in flames.
A helicopter hovered over the scene as hundreds of neighbors crowded around the emergency bar that closed the street.
“New York has lost one of its bravest,” Mayor Eric Adams said of Klein at an evening news conference from Brookdale Hospital.