New York, NY (April 7, 2023) – A total of 20 people, including mostly staff members, were injured in a fire that broke out inside Riker’s Island. The incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, April 6th.
According to law enforcement, at least 60 firefighters from 12 different units were called to Riker’s Island to extinguish a blaze that started inside the prison. FDNY crews worked to battle the flames while other responders attended to those involved in the incident.
Authorities with the FDNY say that a total of 20 people were injured and that five of the victims refused medical attention. The other 15 injured parties were brought to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Out of all 20 injured parties, five were reported to be inmates, and the rest were reported as staff members at the facility. No further details are available at this time.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families. We hope for their full recovery.
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