A fire ripped through a private home in Flatbush on the first night of Yom Tov, leaving a young child R”L dead, and leaving an entire family in the hospital.
The FDNY and Hatzolah received frantic calls at approximately 9:30PM, reporting a fire in a home on Avenue P and East 12th Street, with multiple children trapped inside. Dozens of Hatzolah members were rushed to the scene, and the FDNY quickly called for a second alarm. Moments later a third alarm was called.
Unfortunately, the fire claimed the life of 8-year-old Avigdor Krasny A”H.
Five other children were ultimately saved by their father, who moved swiftly to escort them out of the house. Bichasdei Hashem, the neighbor living on the first floor with 13 children, made it out unharmed.
As of Motzei Shabbos, the parents, and 5 children were all hospitalized in the Staten island Burn Unit – two of them on respirators.
Misaskim worked tirelessly with the numerous agencies involved to ensure proper Kavod Haniftar would be given, and a Misaskim spokesperson tells YWN that the cooperation of the NYC Medical Examiner, the NYPD and the FDNY were incredible, as they showed unparalleled sensitivity to the family and the community as the fire happened on the first of a three-day Yom Tov. In fact the Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s 61 Pct, the NYPD Chief of Brooklyn South (Joseph Fox), and Detective Adam Berish of the Police Commissioners Unit, made a special trip to visit the family in Staten Island on Shmini Atzeres.
Four firefighters also suffered minor injuries.
UPDATE: The Levaya is scheduled for Sunday at 12:00PM at Rabbi Avigdor Millers Shul, also known as the Bais Yisroel Torah Center. The Shul is located on Ocean Parkway between Avenue R and S.
UPDATE: A meeting of leading Rabbonim just concluded in Flatbush, and information will be posted in the near future how one can go about helping both families. It should be noted that not only is one Mekayim the Mitzvah of Tzedakah, but the Mitzvah of “Viohavta Es Hager” as well.
UPDATE: All those who wish to help those affected by the fire, please click HERE to donate.
Boruch Dayan Emmes…
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN)