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Firefighters Took 30 Minutes to Put Out The Rooftop Blaze

Based on interviews the NYPD conducted at the 34th Street heliport on Manhattan’s east side, the pilot was waiting out weather but for whatever reason decided it was OK to go, according to a law enforcement source. 

The New York Fire Department has concluded their operations at the site of the helicopter crash in midtown Manhattan.

“The NTSB, the FAA, (and) the New York City Police Department are all on the scene to do their investigation, and our operations have concluded at this time,” said Thomas Richardson, chief of fire operations.

The deceased pilot has been identified as Tim McCormack, according to law enforcement sources.

His family has been notified, according to one source.

Meanwhile, Lt. Adrienne Walsh, one of the department’s first respondents, described the roof scene as “a debris field that was on fire” in a news conference. 

“So I immediately got on the radio to let command know what we had on the roof so they down below could start sending the appropriate resources up to us on the roof,” she said.

Richardson said high-rise buildings present challenges, but the fire department has ways to work around them.

“So whenever we have a fire in a high rise building — 54 stories, it’s over 700 feet tall — we always have challenges being able to get enough water pressure to get up to the higher levels of the building. We have standard operating procedures to do that. We have fire engines that connect to the standpipe system and supply pressure. We also in this type of building use the manual fire pumps that are in the building … to increase the pressure.”

The first firefighters were on scene within five minutes, and “within half an hour we had water on the fire and most of the fire extinguished,” he said.

A firefighter looks up near a building where a helicopter crash-landed in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. A firefighter looks up near a building where a helicopter crash-landed in midtown Manhattan in New York on June 10, 2019. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Fire Department has concluded their operations at the site of the helicopter crash in midtown Manhattan.

“The NTSB, the FAA, (and) the New York City Police Department are all on the scene to do their investigation, and our operations have concluded at this time,” said Thomas Richardson, chief of fire operations.

Lt. Adrienne Walsh, one of the department’s first responders, described the roof scene as “a debris field that was on fire” in a news conference.

“So I immediately got on the radio to let command know what we had on the roof so they down below could start sending the appropriate resources up to us on the roof,” she said.

Richardson said high-rise buildings present challenges, but the fire department has ways to work around them.

“So whenever we have a fire in a high rise building — 54 stories, it’s over 700 feet tall — we always have challenges being able to get enough water pressure to get up to the higher levels of the building. We have standard operating procedures to do that. We have fire engines that connect to the standpipe system and supply pressure. We also in this type of building use the manual fire pumps that are in the building … to increase the pressure.”

The first firefighters were on scene within five minutes, and “within half an hour we had water on the fire and most of the fire extinguished,” he said.

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