A ceiling collapsed as firefighters battled a third alarm in Canarsie, killing 31-year-old firefighter Timothy Klein and sending other firefighters to safety.
The remains of another person were also found in the fire-ravaged structure.
Klein, a six-year veteran, was caught in the crash shortly after the home on 108-26 Avenue N went up in flames around 1:40 p.m. Sunday.
Klein was on the second floor with three other firefighters as the floor was engulfed in flames, causing the collapse. The other firefighters jumped safely out of windows or down ladders, but Klein was trapped.
“The incident chief identified deteriorating conditions and ordered all members out of the building,” said acting FDNY commissioner Laura Kavanagh at Brookdale University Hospital, where Klein was pronounced dead. “While doing so, there was a partial collapse of the attic. Four members were trapped in that collapse. Three came out and are stable at local hospitals at this time.”
The fire also claimed another victim whose remains were found Sunday night.
A police dog discovered the human remains in the rubble, and although the building was unstable, firefighters were able to retrieve the body.
The body is believed to be a 21-year-old autistic male resident who was not known in the fire and reported missing by relatives. The medical examiner will make a positive identification.
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The structural remains of the cleaned two-story home are expected to be demolished later Monday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Mayor Adams said the injuries to five other firefighters were not considered life-threatening.
Klein is the second FDNY firefighter to die during his duty this year.
33-year-old Jesse Gerhard died on February 16 when he collapsed at his firehouse just one day after battling a house fire in Far Rockaway, Queens.
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