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Friday night’s alright for fighting…fires

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Early Friday evening the Gramercy neighborhood was brought to a standstill as fire trucks converged on the south side of Gramercy Park.

A fire on the third floor of 26 Gramercy Park South, between Irving Place and Third Avenue, was fortunately confined to a single third-floor apartment.

“Luckily, the occupant made it out safely,” Deputy Chief Michael Barvels told The Village Sun. He added that “there was some operational damage, venting and some water damage.

Andrew Ansbro, the union president of the F.D.N.Y. Uniformed Firefighters Association, center, who recently warned of slower response times due to the COVID vaccine mandate, was at the scene of a fire at 26 Gramercy Park South on Fri., Nov. 5. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

“The cause is still under investigation,” he said of the blaze. “Most people should be able to move back in, no problem.”

The 10-story co-op building, completed in 1903, has 78 apartments and is next door to the Brotherhood Synagogue.

Friday night proved to be a busy time for New York’s Bravest. A late-afternoon fire in a trash compactor in a Bronx public housing project killed a 6-year-old boy and critically injured his 32-year-old-father. And just after 8 p.m. an inmate in a Rikers Island infirmary building started a blaze that left three other inmates injured.

As of Friday night, 80 percent of city firefighters had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.


  1. The Village Sun The Village Sun Post author | November 8, 2021

    Well, for starters, there are no restaurant sheds on Gramercy Park.

    • LES3025 LES3025 November 8, 2021

      Not on that block, but where’d the truck come from? Irving Place is part of Open Streets and has sheds, and there are also sheds just west on E 20th, including, I think, one on E 20th just east of Park Ave outside L’Express. There are a few fire companies around there and response often comes from multiple places, but presumably they had to go one of those two routes.

  2. LES3025 LES3025 November 8, 2021

    How were the fire trucks able to get there in time with all the dining sheds in the way? I was told trucks can’t navigate the streets anymore.

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