13 firefighters hurt battling Queens blaze

April 9, 2011 3:46:41 PM PDT
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a stubborn fire in Queens that left 13 firefighters hurt.

It happened on Beach 129th Street in Rockaway Saturday morning.

It took nearly two hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control.

Of those 13 firefighters suffering minor injuries; one fell through a floor and another was forced to climb out a window on a rope because of the intensity of the blaze.

"He had already deployed his personal safety system, which is a rope that can attach to a substantial object to get out the window. You could tell he was a very well-trained firefighter. He got out of the window in like 30 seconds and that saved him from serious injury," FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Didomenico said.