Recap & Updates From St. Johns Hospital Fire on Friday, Additional Footage


More than a hundred firefighters rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway to tackle a fire on the building’s roof. Investigators believe the fire started on the roof, where Deputy Assistant Chief Fred Schaaf said work was being done.

He would not say whether the work was connected to the fire, however, and an exact cause was still not clear.

The fire is said to have erupted just about 5 PM and was under control by 6 PM. The emergency room was evacuated and everyone else sheltered in place. At least two civilians suffered minor injuries.

RNSP & Hatzalah rushed to the scene to assist in any way they possibly could, including handing out water to all the misplaced staff. NYPD 101 Precinct’s Commanding Officer sent out a tweet thanking them for their efforts:

Crews said only one firefighter suffered minor injuries, but given the proximity to the 9/11 anniversary, the chaotic scene worried a community already on edge.

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