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Waldbaum Fire and Collapse

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The Waldbaum Super market fire, Brooklyn, New York occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames.

Thirty-four firefighters, one emergency medical technician and one Emergency Services police officer were injured in the fire and the tragedy is remembered as one of the worst disasters in the New York City Fire Department?s 143-year history.

The FDNY members killed in the Line of Duty in the Waldbaum?s fire included:
? Lt. James E. Cutillo, Battalion 33
? Firefighter Charles S. Bouton, Ladder Company 156
? Firefighter Harold F. Hastings, Battalion 42
? Firefighter James P. McManus, Ladder Company 153
? Firefighter William O?Connor, Ladder Company 156
? Firefighter George S. Rice, Ladder Company 153

- See more at: http://www.firegroundleadership.com/2015/08/01/the-waldbaum-fire-collapse-fdny-1978-remembrance/#sthash.rEfZNczn.dpuf