NY LEOs save 3-year-old from burning home

Sgt. Christopher Cornell and Officer Joshua Sears were able to go into the home and save the child from the fire


Kevin Tampone
Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

ALBANY, NY — Dozens of people are homeless in Albany after fires on Sunday burned a series of row houses and a multifamily home.

Police officers at one of the fires were able to save a child from the burning building.

Seven homes burned in a blaze on 100 block of Bradford Street early Sunday morning. The Red Cross said it was helping a total of 48 people in connection with the fire, according to the Times Union in Albany.

At least 40 people lived in the seven buildings that burned. All got out safely, but lost their homes, the Times Union said.

Fire spread from the first building into the attic above and moved through crawl spaces over adjoining houses.

The fire broke out at about 5 a.m. Firefighters contained the blaze by about 9 a.m., according to WNYT in Albany.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the incident. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Authorities responded to another fire on Third Avenue that began around the same time as the Bradford blaze.

Officers responding to the second fire found a woman outside the home who said her 3-year-old son was still inside. Albany Police Sgt. Christopher Cornell and Officer Joshua Sears were able to get into the residence through the rear fire escape, police said.

Cornell eventually found the child and handed him to neighbors outside. Cornell and Sears were both treated for smoke inhalation. The boy was taken to a hospital and is expected to be fine, police said.

The Third Avenue home, a three-family residence, will have to be torn down, according to the Times Union.

Fourteen people were displaced in that fire, according to WNYT.

 

Early this morning, Sergeant Christopher Cornell and Police Officer Joshua Sears were among a group of #Albany police...

Posted by Albany Police Department on Sunday, May 19, 2019

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