Roosevelt Islander Online: “Lights Woke Us Up. Lots Of Fire Engines And Ambulances” Says Roosevelt Island Resident, FDNY Responds To Early Morning Fire At Riverwalk Park Today

Lights were flashing and sirens blasting early this morning at approximately
3:45 AM as the FDNY responded to a Roosevelt Island fire. Vern Harwood shares
this photo 

Image from Vern Harwood

and reports:

Lights woke us up. Lots of Fire Engines and ambulances.

According to a FDNY spokesperson, the fire was located in a 6th floor
apartment at 460 Main Street,
Riverwalk Park. FDNY arrived at approximately 3:35 AM and the fire was controlled by 4 AM.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A Tipster shares this video

and adds:

I’m being told it started with a cigarette on a mattress. 

The Riverwalk Park building management sent this email to residents today:

Dear Residents:

There was a fire early this early morning in an apartment. Thankfully no one
was injured. The fire department and staff are on the scene. The elevators
were all recalled to the lobby floor while they assess the damage. There may
be a delay in elevator service, therefore please plan accordingly. Our
concierge team will be on site momentarily to assist with questions.

Thank you for your understanding.

The 22 story building was without elevator service requiring residents
to walk up and down the stairs until this afternoon when one elevator was back
in service.

Roosevelt Island resident and
American Red Cross Greater NY Region volunteer Frank Farance was on the scene at this morning’s fire and reports:

Early this morning, the American Red Cross responded to an apartment fire in
460 Main Street.  It appears the fire was caused by a tenant leaving a
lit cigarette in bed, and then leaving the apartment.  No one was
injured.  There was water damage from sprinklers and also in the
apartment below.  I was on the overnight shift and we respond to all 5
boroughs, but this time the job was on Roosevelt Island and I was part of
the responding team.

The American Red Cross provides humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief.  The public sees us responding to disasters around the country,
but we have disasters here in New York City with about a half dozen to a dozen
residential fires every day – and we respond to each of them 24/7/365. 
It’s not just fires, it’s also floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, building
collapses, etc..  American Red Cross provides immediate relief, such

  • Clothing/Food
  • Housing Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Disaster Medical Services
  • Disaster Mental Health Services
  • Disaster Spiritual Care

I’ve seen many kinds of fires, instigated by smoking, kitchen fires,
appliances, portable space heaters, batteries, gas, electric, flammables, and
such, with devastation and disruption for family and neighbors.  Yet many
of them are preventable.

The American Red Cross has program for FREE home smoke detector installation
(free smoke detector, free installation).  We will have a table at
Roosevelt Island Day, so please stop by to pick up guides and information,
answer your questions, and sign up for the free installation.

Looking forward to see y’all at Roosevelt Island Day.

Here’s some of the  

water damage

 to the 6th floor

of Riverwalk Park.


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