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Firefighter Piotr Orlowski’s Home Destroyed In Massive Weekend Fire In Dyker Heights, Brooklyn – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Brooklyn firefighter helped pull his neighbors to security after a hearth engulfed two homes in Dyker Heights.

The off-duty FDNY member misplaced his dwelling within the course of.

Video exhibits the dramatic second firefighter Piotr Orlowski carried his 92-year-old subsequent door neighbor out of a burning home on 74th Street.

“I woke him up. I told him ‘I have to get you out.’ He didn’t want to go, he was flustered. He said he was going to walk, but there was no time,” Orlowski stated.

Orlowski was off-duty midnight Saturday. He smelled smoke, and seen hearth that appeared to begin within the again yard subsequent door now spreading to his.

“I ran back to my own house. I told my parents there’s no time: We’re going out now,” he stated.

All 12 residents from two homes made it out OK, nevertheless it took greater than 200 firefighters hours to get the flames underneath management. A dozen firefighters suffered minor accidents.

“It sucks. It’s just things. No one died,” stated Robert Chilelli.

Chilelli, a Marine awarded a purple coronary heart, simply moved in two weeks in the past. He misplaced every thing. So did Donato Dellarosa. Neither have insurance coverage.

“We didn’t even grab anything. Friend gave me these shoes, ’cause I was barefoot. Red Cross give me a shirt,” Dellarosa stated.

Investigators and the Department of Buildings have been on the scene all day Monday assessing the harm. Authorities say the buildings are vulnerable to collapsing.

Orlowski stated whereas he by no means anticipated to work the place he lives, it’s proof {that a} hearth can occur anyplace.

“I’m just happy everybody got out safe, that my parents are alive,” he stated.

And his canine, too.

Neighbors down the block have began a GoFundMe for the dozen residents who at the moment are homeless. To discover out extra, CLICK HERE.

The hearth marshall says it’s not thought-about suspicious, however the trigger isn’t recognized but.

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