KENSINGTON - April 9, 2012 --
Ladder Company 10 is grieving after the loss of two of their
firefighters who died battling a multi-alarm blaze Monday morning.
Colleagues of 60-year-old Lieutenant Robert Neary and
25-year-old firefighter Daniel Sweeney have placed the mens' helmets in a
makeshift shrine and the company is draped in bunting.
The 5-alarm fire was first reported at 3:13 a.m. inside what was the
Thomas Buck Hosiery Factory at Jasper and York streets, which has been
abandoned since the mid 1970s. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find
heavy fire showing from all six floors of the building. Residents
described hearing explosions coming from inside the factory inferno.
It was approximately 5:50 a.m. when crews were trying to extinguish
the flames inside the furniture store when a rear wall collapsed,
trapping five firefighters. One of the firefighters managed to
free himself, but four others were trapped inside for several hours
until they were finally pulled from the rubble.
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