Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Firefighter Dies in 5-Story Fall Battling Queens Blaze

Firefighter Dies in 5-Story Fall Battling Queens Blaze

A 14-year veteran firefighter of the FDNY died after falling while battling a fire at an apartment building in Queens Thursday. Firefighter Tolley was operating on the roof.

Tolley is survived by his wife, Marie, and his daughter, Isabella. The blaze was brought under control by 3 p.m.

"It sounded like an explosion when he fell", Angie Cordero, who lives across the street, told the New York Daily News.

The firefighter suffered serious injuries after plunging from the building on Putnam Ave. near Wyckoff Ave.in Ridgewood just after 2:20 p.m., according to the FDNY.

. Tolley fell from the roof about 20 minutes later.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the agency would investigate how Tolley fell.

"It was nothing about the fire that really had anything to do with the accident that occurred".

Chopper 2 was over the scene of the blaze on Thursday afternoon.

Tolley was taken to Wyckoff Heights Hospital, but he could not be saved.

"Everyone is in a state of shock and grief", Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference at Wyckoff Hospital, adding that the city would support his family for "years to come".

At least two other people were injured in the blaze, authorities say.

"A man dedicated to protecting others gave his life to his work", de Blasio said.

"This is an extremely unsafe job that our dedicated members put their lives on the line every day to protect the residents of the City of NY", he said.

The mayor also offered condolences to Tolley's brother, his parents, and the firefighters at Ladder 135, Engine 286 in Ridgewood, where William was stationed.

"Thoughts & prayers from all #NYPD are with the men & women of @FDNY following line-of-duty firefighter death today in Queens".

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