Local 2507 Member loses all in fire

One of our dedicated members needs your help. Paramedic Brent Scheidell a member of NYC FIRE DEPT EMS BATTALION 44 has suffered a major loss along with his wife on April 3rd 2019. While we are immensely grateful for his and his wife’s health and safety, they lost all of their personal belongings and they two beloved cats in a 6 alarm fire. Paramedic Scheidell was a firefighter in Florida before he and his wife came to New York to pursue other job ventures. Please help us support our bother and his wife through thoughts, prayers and donations. They will be on a long journey to rebuild their lives and home.

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Read the story in the New York Daily News

More than two dozen injured after six-alarm blaze rips through Brooklyn apartment complex



FDNY firefighters work to bring a 5-alarm fire under control as it rips through the top floors of an apartment building on 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Wednesday. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

A raging six-alarm inferno ripped through a Brooklyn apartment building Wednesday, collapsing the roof and bellowing smoke plumes so thick they were visible from Staten Island.

The blaze broke out on the top floor of a six-story brick apartment building on 44th St. at Seventh Ave. in Sunset Park at about 4:45 p.m.

Adults and children scrambled down fire escapes as the flames gutted the building’s top two floors, as winds gusted to more than 40 mph.

“Due to the conditions, the wind conditions, they were eventually driven off the top floor. Eventually, we pulled out all our firefighters for safety reason,” FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik said. Firefighters had to use tower ladders to fight the blaze from outside.

“The roof is collapsed. The entire roof is collapsed onto the top floor. The building is severely damaged due to smoke fire and water. It’s uninhabitable at this time.”

Four civilians and 22 firefighters have suffered non life-threatening injuries, FDNY officials said. Seven of those firefighters suffered burns, Sudnik said.

“The hallway was full of smoke, and the firefighters just told us to get back in our apartment. We had to go out through the fire escape,” said Javier Zuniga, 9. “The top floor and the fifth floor were all fire…. “I was freaked out. I was crying. It was crazy.”

The youngster was home with his babysitter and other family members in his fourth-floor apartment when a neighbor’s smoke detector started blaring, he said. They all got out, but his two cats, Scratch and Neo, are missing.

“It’s horrible. It’s really beyond words,” Zuniga, 46, said. “Belongings and stuff are just things. I’m just glad my family and kids got out.”

The fire was still burning late Wednesday night. Its cause remains under investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Paramedic Brent Scheidell and his wife. Our member lost everything in this fire. No Donation is too small.

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