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FDNY fights blaze on roof of Far Rockaway hospital

(Photo courtesy of St. John's Episcopal Hospital)

The FDNY extinguished a two-alarm fire that broke out on the roof of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway on Friday evening.

FDNY responded to the call at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 10. The fire was on the exterior of the roof and firemen extinguished the fire just before 7 p.m., according to the FDNY.

Firefighters work a hose line on roofing materials that burned at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

According to a hospital spokesperson, the fire caused damage to the roof and the 11th and 10th patient floors. While the FDNY originally reported that four people were injured as a result of the fire, the hospital claims no one was injured.

Some of the hospital’s staff and patients sheltered in place, while some were evacuated outside the hospital as FDNY personnel worked to extinguish the flames.

People at the hospital either sheltered in place or were evacuated outdoors. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)
People at the hospital either sheltered in place or were evacuated outdoors. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

“The fire did not set us back, it just gave us the fuel to propel forward as we continue to do the great work we have been doing to support the healthcare needs of our community,” said Jerry Walsh, the hospital’s CEO.

The hospital has begun efforts to rebuild the affected areas. Those interested in helping can make a donation online at ehs.org/firefund

Individuals seeking healthcare can continue to receive services at the hospital, and the emergency department remains open, according to SJEH. 

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