Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Armed Man Shoots On-Duty Police Officer By Brooklyn Housing Project

An on-duty plainclothes police officer was shot outside the Bushwick Houses in Brooklyn tonight.

The officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, but his condition is not yet known.

At 9 p.m., the officer and another colleague in plainclothes were at 370 Bushwick Avenue, pursuing a man with a gun.

The suspect fired twice at the officers and shot one of them.

The officers had not returned fire.

The suspect who shot the officer is still at large.

By: NY1 News

SUV In Deadly FDR Crash Leaves Scene

A 31-year-old passenger was killed on the FDR Drive Tuesday morning as the SUV that started a deadly chain reaction fled the scene, NYPD officials said.

The white SUV was traveling northbound at about 2 a.m. when it struck a vehicle at East 84th Street which then struck a third and fourth vehicle, according to police.

The victim was in a 2001 Toyota Camry. He was taken to Metropolitan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The white SUV reportedly had heavy front end and left side damage and likely could not travel far.

The deadly collision caused heavy delays in the area as all northbound lanes were closed for a portion of the morning rush Tuesday.

Investigators were searching for the SUV and its driver.

Sources: Bronx Shopping Cart Assault May Have Stemmed From Livery Dispute

Police are examining surveillance video as they try to track down whoever tossed a shopping cart off a Bronx parking garage, seriously injuring two men walking below.

Sources say it may have been a dispute among livery cab drivers.

Investigators say the cart was pushed off an upper level of a parking garage near Home Depot at the Gateway Center in Mott Haven last night.

Camara Lounaeu, 52, and Ibrahima Sagne, 30, were both hit in the head.

They were taken to Lincoln Hospital where their conditions are described as stable.

Workers in the mall say both men are livery cab drivers.

Sources say the incident may have been the result of a dispute over fares.

People who spoke with NY1 say they now have to be extra cautious when going about their shopping .

"I wouldn't say nervous, but I can definitely say I would definitely be taking a second look before I take the next direction, um definitely looking both ways now," said one shopper.

"I would think people would learn their lesson and not do it again, but it seems like people like to learn the hard way, or maybe they just want to go to jail,"s aid another.

This comes just months after a similar incident outside a Target in Harlem.

The day before Halloween, two 12-year-old boys pushed a cart off a garage at the East River Plaza, seriously injuring 47-year-old Marion Hedges.

Both boys pleaded guilty to assault.

By: NY1 News

Monday, January 30, 2012

Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shoots Brooklyn Teen During Alleged Robbery

Police are investigating after a teenager was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer late last night during an apparent robbery attempt in Brooklyn.

It happened just before 12 a.m. Monday outside 22 Grove Street in Bushwick.

Sources say the off-duty officer was walking along the street when the teenager and another man came up behind him and apparently tried to rob him.

The teen hit the officer on the left side of his face with a cane while the other man simulated that he had a gun.

Sources say the officer identified himself and fired once, hitting the teen in the chest area while the other man ran off.

The officer was taken to the hospital for trauma and injuries to his face.

By: NY1 News

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Man Dies in Bronx Basement Fire

A man died as a result of an early-morning house fire in the Bronx Sunday, authorities said.

Firefighters and police were called to 1120 E. 225th St. at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday, where a fire had apparently started in the basement of the three-family apartment building.

Battalion Fire Chief George Campbell said crews were able to knock the fire out quickly, but faced thick smoke in the basement. "The fire was under the garage, the concrete floor," he said. "That holds everything in -- the heat, the smoke. So we had to cut a hole out."

A man in his 60s was removed from the basement apartment and taken to Montefiore North Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, said police.

A woman was also removed from the apartment and taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, police said.

Investigation is ongoing, but police said the fire did not appear to be criminal in nature.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Search For Car Thief Who Abandoned Kid

Police continue to look for a man who stole a minivan with a toddler inside in the Bronx Saturday afternoon.

According to police the incident happened in front of 26-51 Jerome Avenue in the Bedford Park section.

Police say the mother of the 3-year-old parked her minivan and walked around the other side of the vehicle to remove her son when the man jumped into the minivan and drove off, striking the woman.

The minivan was found by police about an hour later. The vehicle was still running and the infant was inside.

The child and his mother were both taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for precautionary reasons.

Cops Save Driver from Oncoming Train

Cops on Long Island pulled a woman from a car stuck on tracks just moments before a train slammed into the vehicle, authorities said Friday.

The woman was driving a Volkswagen Jetta south on Brentwood Road at about 5 p.m. when she mistakenly turned onto the LIRR tracks in Bay Shore, Suffolk County police said.

The car got stuck, and she unsuccessfully tried to dislodge the car.

Officers Christopher Palazzo and Jereme Matthews arrived at the scene, called dispatch to stop the train, and cleared people from the area, police said.

The MTA said the train was too close to stop, so the officers pulled the woman out of her car, and the three of them ran from the tracks just as the train crashed into the car, police said.

Although the car went flying across the tracks, no one was hurt on the ground or in the train, police said.

Police then arrested the driver of the Jetta for driving under the influence, authorities said.

Officials Hold Brooklyn Gun Buyback

The New York City Police Department and Brooklyn district attorney's office handed out $200 bank cards Saturday to anyone who turned in a working handgun at the Bedford Central Presbyterian Church in Crown Heights.

As usual, no questions were asked. Working rifles and shotguns could be exchanged for $20 bank cards.

Since 2008, more than 7,000 guns have been turned in because of the buyback program.

By: NY1 News

Friday, January 27, 2012

Police Seek Second Driver Who Struck Brooklyn Pedestrian

One man is dead after being hit by two cars in Brooklyn last night, and now police are looking for the second driver who left the scene.

The New York City Police Department says the 58-year-old victim was crossing Coney Island Avenue at Avenue K in Midwood around 10:15 p.m. when he was hit by a gray van.

The driver of the van pulled over and stayed on the scene.

A few minutes later, the man was hit by a light colored sedan.

That driver left the scene.

The victim was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going toNYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

(By: NY1 News)

iPhone-Tracking Cop Busts Smartphone Thief Using GPS Technology, Police Say

A police officer used GPS technology on his own phone to track a woman's stolen iPhone on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012, police said. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN — That's some quick iThinking.

A police officer tracked down a woman's stolen iPhone Thursday using GPS technology on his own device to trace the sticky-fingered robber and make an arrest, police said.

The tech-savvy cop located the mugger after he stole a 24-year-old woman's iPhone at gunpoint inside the Tuci Italia department store at 1393 Sixth Ave. Thursday about 7 p.m., the NYPD said.

Using his own iPhone, Officer Robert Garland logged into the victim's iTunes account and used Apple's iCloud feature on his own device to trace the location of the stolen phone, police said.

Cops were able to track the suspect to the intersection of Eighth Avenue and West 49th Street, and when the mugger walked past police, the iPhone stashed in his boot began to beep, cops explained.

That's when officers detained and positively identified the man, who did not have a weapon on him at the time, police said.

The suspect, George Bradshaw, 40, of the Brooklyn, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property, police added. 

(By dnainfo)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bronx Fire Leaves One Dead, Four Injured

Four people are injured and one man is dead after a fire broke out in the Bronx Thursday morning.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire on the ground floor of a building on Plimpton Avenue in Mount Eden.

Police say the location may be a recording studio.

Officials say a 27-year-old man died at the hospital, another suffered severe burns, and three other people are being treated.

An investigating into the cause of the fire is underway.

NYPD: Armed Carjacking Suspect Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Officer

A 22-year-old man was killed early Thursday morning following an officer-involved shooting in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn.

The New York City Police Department says the man was suspected of carjacking a minivan from 80th Street in Woodhaven around 4 a.m. They say he was also suspected of being involved in a separate shooting and attempted carjacking in Queens.

Investigators say he was armed with a revolver and wearing a mask when he somehow crashed the minivan into a utility pole at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Cyprus Street.

Police say he then took off on foot but was seen by an off-duty emergency services lieutenant who followed him to Hemlock Street where the two exchanged fire.

The suspect was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.

Investigators say the officer was uninjured.

Police later recovered a .38-caliber revolver at the scene as residents and community workers looked on.

"You don't see the community protesting and they're not going to protest. And the reason they're not going to protest: Because it's their life. It could have been one of their kids on their way to school that could have got run down by this guy," said Juan Rodriguez of the 75th Precinct Community Council.

It's the third fatal shooting in the 75th precinct in the last few weeks, and the second involving an NYPD member firing a gun.

Officer Peter Figoski was killed on December 12 while responding to a robbery call on Pine Street in Cypress Hills.

On January 13, police shot and killed Duane Browne, 27, who was holding a gun outside his East New York home.

His family says he was protecting them from robbers.

Residents living in the neighborhood of the latest shooting say they are worried about the recent gun violence.

"A month ago, you know, we had the other officer who got shot and it's like, this area is normally nice so it's a little strange that all of a sudden something else happened and it's like the neighborhood is starting to change and it's a little scary," said one Cypress Hills resident.

Police say an investigation is ongoing.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Deadly Fireworks In Queens


One person was killed Monday when fireworks went off in the Rego Park section of Queens, an FDNY official said.

The victim was inside 112-20 111th Ave. when the fireworks ignited.

The man was reportedly killed inside his apartment.

He was dead when emergency crews arrived at about 9:30 a.m., an FDNY official added.

It is not clear what caused the fireworks to ignite.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Person Struck and Killed By Subway On 'A' Train Tracks at Nostrand Avenue

A man was struck and killed on the A train tracks at the Nostrand Avenue Station in Bedford-Stuyvesant

BROOKLYN — A person was struck and killed by an A train at the Nostrand Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The individual was hit by a southbound A train shortly after 4 p.m. inside the station, at Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street, MTA and FDNY officials said.

No information was immediately available regarding the person's identity or how the victim ended up on the tracks, officials added.

A trains were running on the local track between the Broadway Junction and Hoyt Street-Schermerhorn Street stations in both directions, the MTA said.



Man Struck and Killed By SUV in E. Harlem After Slipping on Snow, Cops Say

A man was struck and killed by an SUV after slipping on snow while trying to cross an East Harlem street early Sat., Jan. 21, 2012, police said. 

MANHATTAN — A man was struck and killed by an SUV after slipping on snow at an East Harlem intersection early Saturday morning, police said.

The victim, who was crossing Third Avenue from west to east at the corner of East 111th Street, was hit by a 1998 Dodge Durango traveling north on the avenue about 4:20 a.m., the NYPD said.

Police noted the victim slipped on the street, after snow began blanketing the city early Saturday morning.

The driver, 52, remained on the scene, and police do not suspect criminality at this time. The victim has not yet been identified.  

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told New Yorkers Saturday to enjoy the weather but be careful of slipping in the snowy conditions

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 4 p.m. Saturday.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Officer Kills Himself While on Duty, Police Say

A 28-year-old police officer committed suicide while on duty on Thursday night in Queens, the police said.

The officer shot himself in his 111th Precinct, though the precise location was not released. The precinct covers the neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills and Little Neck.

A police spokesman said only that the shooting occurred outdoors.

The officer, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

16-Year-Old Shot on City Bus in Far Rockaway

A 16-year-old male was shot on a city bus in Far Rockaway on Thurs., Jan. 19, 2012. (Glock, gun, bullet)

QUEENS — A teenage boy was shot on a city bus in Far Rockaway Thursday afternoon, horrifying passengers just before the rush-hour commute, authorities said.

The 16-year-old victim was struck by gunfire in the lower leg on the Q111 bus near Central and Mott avenues about 3:10 p.m., police and fire sources said.

He was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and is expected to survive, authorities added.

Scores of cops swarmed the area looking for suspects in the shooting, sources said.

The violence erupted near the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway station, the last stop on the A train, where many straphangers transfer to city buses, authorities added.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120119/rockaways/16yearold-shot-on-city-bus-far-rockaway#ixzz1jwmltOVR

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Brooklyn armed robbery Cops chased got 1 under by NYPD at Franklin and Flushing & the other perp get away pd recovered the gun ..

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NYPD looks to scan people on the street for guns, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says

The NYPD is looking at a new way to find people packing heat on the street, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday.

The technology, which is similar to infrared imaging, includes a mechanism that can detect the radiation emitting from a person's body, Kelly said during his State of the NYPD address.

Because the energy cannot travel through metal, a concealed gun can be detected from the image captured by the lens of the detector, Kelly said.

But the technology — which is being tested by the NYPD and the Defense Department — can be used only at a distance of 3 to 4 feet.

"This can be done from a short range," Kelly said. "We want a distance of at least 25 meters."

Police hope to install the devices on department vehicles in the near future to identify people carrying guns on the street.

"These are some of the things we're working on," Kelly said.

Kelly addressed the Police Foundation at the Regency Hotel on Park Ave.

Crews Battle Four-Alarm Brooklyn Fire; Minor Injuries Reported

More than a hundred city firefighters are battling a fire inside a Brooklyn apartment building.

The fire broke out inside a three-story building located at 368 Himrod Street in Bushwick shortly after 8 a.m.

At least five people, including two firefighters, suffered minor injuries.

All were taken to the hospital.

The building has been fully evacuated.

There's no word yet on what started the fire.

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Three Hurt After Garbage Truck Slams Into Brooklyn Storefront

An investigation is under way after a garbage truck slammed into a Brooklyn storefront early Tuesday morning, injuring three people.

Police say the truck slammed into the vacant store at Bedford and Myrtle Avenues in Clinton Hill just before 3 a.m.

The apartment building next door was slightly damaged but was not evacuated.

Three people were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

It's still not clear what caused the truck to hit the storefront, but fire officials say the situation would have been much worse later in the day.

"If it was rush hour it could be bad. You know, a couple of hours earlier we had a little ice in the streets too so that could have been a problem but that all cleared up also. I don't think the weather had any effect on this. We don't know what happened," said FDNY Battalion Chief John Rozas.

The truck was eventually towed away from the storefront.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fire Engulfs Old Mill in Cornwall

Smoke is visible for miles around an old mill that's on fire in Cornwall, north of New York City.

Police in Orange County tell the Times Herald-Record that firefighters are still battling the flames two hours after the alarm sounded late Sunday morning.

It's not clear whether there are any injuries from the blaze at the former mill, about 50 miles north of New York by the Hudson River.

Cornwall is a community of about 12,000 that dates back to the 1700s.

More Swastikas Found In Brooklyn

More anti-Semitic graffiti has been found in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Dov Hikind was woken up shortly after midnight by neighbors who told him that swastikas and a hate message had been found near his home on East 5th street in Midwood, Brooklyn.

Hikind noted that residents appeared highly agitated by the most recent in a string of anti-Semitic attacks.

"Imagine coming home and seeing swastikas painted on your property? This is just the latest in a series of ongoing anti-Semitic occurrences in Brooklyn and throughout New York City, and people are justifiably very concerned and upset," he said.

Hikind called on the NYPD to use every available resource to bring the perpetrators to justice.

What can be done to stop the growing trend of anti-Semitic vandalism in the New York/New Jersey area? Leave your thoughts below…

Police: 2 Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

7-year-old boy dead, seven people injured Brooklyn 3 alarm fire

A 7-year-old boy was killed in a fire that raced through his Brooklyn apartment building early Sunday.

The three-alarm fire broke out around 1:20 a.m. inside the three-story building on Decatur St. in Bushwick, officials said.

The boy, Joel Smith, was found unconscious inside and died at the scene, police said. Three other people were injured, one critically, and rushed to local hospitals.

It took firefighters nearly an hour and a half to bring the ferocious blaze under control.

The cause of the fire was under investigation but not suspicious, FDNY officials said.

By nydailynews .

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Worker is stabbed dead in phone shop by former coworker Another employee was also wounded in the attack

 	Scene outside Sprint store on Flatbush Ave. Saturday evening where two men were stabbed, one fatally.

Scene outside Sprint cell phone store on Flatbush Ave. Saturday evening where two men were stabbed, one fatally.

A Brooklyn cell phone store worker was stabbed to death and his co-worker was wounded after a former employee attacked them inside their store.

Two ex-employees marched into the Sprint cellular phone store on Flatbush Avenue near Snyder Avenue, in Flatbush about 4 p.m. on Saturday, demanding what they claim was back pay owed them by the company, said a police source.

An argument broke out and one of the ex-workers pulled out a knife stabbed a 23-year-old worker several times in the chest, killing him, said a police source.

A second worker, 23, was stabbed in the arm, said cops.

Police are still hunting for the knife-wielding killer and his accomplice, said cops.

Dead Body Discovered On Queens Beach

Police are investigating after a body was found on a Queens beach.

Officers were called to the shoreline near Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

When the officers arrived, they found a woman unconscious and unresponsive.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say it appears the woman was in her 40s.

There are no signs of trauma on her body, but the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Cause Remains Unknown In Staten Island House Fire

Officials at the Department of Buildings say a Staten Island house that caught fire Friday should be demolished.

Fire marshals finished their investigation into the fire at the two-family home on Park Avenue in Port Richmond, but no cause has been determined.

Seven people and two firefighters were injured, but the injuries are said to be minor.

Officials say 25 people lived in the home.

DOB officials say the house has a history of complaints, including some for illegal conversions.

By: NY1 News

Police Kill Alleged Robbery Victim's Half-Brother During East New York Altercation

An East New York man was fatally shot by police Thursday night after he emerged from his home brandishing a revolver in response to an apparent armed robbery, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday that officers opened fire only after he didn't respond to their directions. NY1's Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.

When Duane Browne's half-brother emerged from this East New York home Thursday night, he lived to tell about. Moments later, when Browne followed him out holding an unregistered 38-caliber revolver, he was shot by police waiting outside.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly offered an explanation during a press conference Friday.

"He failed to comply with officers directions not to move and was shot once in the chest," said Kelly.

What still is not clear is whether or not Browne pointed the gun at police.

The deadly shooting started with a 911 call after investigators say Browne's half-brother was grabbed by two armed men as he pulled up to his brick house. The home was shared by the two men and their mother.

"The two assailants forced him into the basement apartment and repeatedly demanded 'Where's the money?'" said Kelly.

Browne's girlfriend, Renita Ferdinand, said they were upstairs at the time.

"We heard rumbling, and he went downstairs," said Ferdinand.

He brought out a gun, apparently to defend his brother.

Police say after they arrived, the armed men escaped through the front door.

The brother exited out the back, where police were waiting, with his hands up, telling officers "I'm okay.'' Browne followed moments later brandishing his gun.

"He was my son. He was the best kid in the world, and I say he's the smartest," said Alicia Browne, the man's mother.

The armed men are still on the loose. Police found marijuana in the home, and it appeared to be for sale.

Browne's family is left dealing with a tremendous loss. He would have been 27 next month.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

By ny1 news

Friday, January 13, 2012

PHOTO'S:Giant Billboard Crashes Down On BQE Near Metropolitan Ave. In Williamsburg

A billboard on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between Meeker Ave. and Metropolitan Ave. has collapsed and fallen onto the highway and street below. The billboard fell 200 feet, and is blocking off traffic on the BQE. The National Weather Service had issued a Wind Advisory for the tristate region this morning, with winds hitting up to 45 MPH. We'll update as we learn more information.

Authorities say the billboard, which is 200 x 300 feet, came downdue to those high winds at 412 Meeker Avenue. No injuries have been reported yet, but the Juan Zapil Car Wash is listed at that address as well. The BQE has now been closed by emergency workers.

Queens School Bus Accident Injures Six

Six people were injured when a car struck a school bus in Queens Thursday, including a 59-year-old woman who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. NY1's Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.

A mangled school bus across from a just as badly damaged car was the resulting wreckage from an accident in Queens Thursday, a testament to how close the collision came to being deadly.

A driver of a Nissan Altima struck a bus on Glassboro Avenue and Liverpool Street in Jamaica.

"It ran the stop sign right there and basically t-boned the school bus, and it was like a deflection," said one witness.

"Almost hit little children crossing the street," said another. "It's wild around here."

The Nissan driver missed the children, but the bus driver lost control and struck a 59-year-old woman, pinning her between the bus and the house.

"I actually saw she was laying there, she was awake, she was aware of what was going on," said one witness.

Fire Department officials say six people were injured, including the woman who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Three children and a matron on the bus were not injured, and no arrests have been made.

Luckily, the homeowner wasn't there when the bus crashed into it, but she said this isn't the first time she's seen an accident happen in front of her house.

"This is the biggest accident I've seen right here. All the others were minor," said homeowner Jullet Simpson.

Minor or not, people who live nearby say with only a two-way stop, the intersection is dangerous, and signage should be changed to make this corner safe."Somebody needs to come here and actually take a look at this intersection here and maybe there won't be as many accidents happening," said one resident.

"They don't stop here, the need to put a four-way stop or a stoplight," said another.

But until that happens, anyone passing through might want to proceed with caution.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Car Goes Into The Hudson River On Upper West Side

(credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

(credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Officials say a car plunged into theHudson River this morning after crashing through a fence along a pedestrian walkway.

It happened around 10 a.m. near 94th Street along the Henry Hudson Parkway. Officials say a woman was found floating near the river wall about two blocks north of where the car had crashed.

The FDNY threw a life ring into the river and an officer with emergency services jumped in and helped the woman who was then pulled from the water, officials said. She was then taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reports that the woman may have been involved in some sort of a wreck on the Henry Hudson that caused to her veer off the road.

Authorities were searching for a second person, but no one was found.

Crews have pulled the car out of the water, but police boats are patrolling the river. Traffic is also backed up near 94th Street.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fake Utility Workers Burglarize Brooklyn Homes: Police

Police are searching for a pair of burglars targeting elderly women in the Ocean Parkway section of Brooklyn, pretending to be utility workers to gain access to their victims' homes.

Surveillance video released Wednesday offers a clear view of the alleged schemers approaching one of the victims' homes.

The incidents were reported to police within the past week. In one case, an 89-year-old woman at 109 Ryder Ave. was approached by a man and a woman wearing safety vests. The woman asked to look at the house meters, while the man entered the victim's home and took cash and jewelry, police said.

The suspects then fled the home.

A similar incident happened at 2047 59th St., when a 90-year-old woman allowed the suspects access to the back of her home. The female suspect engaged the victim in conversation while the male suspect walked through the home and took assorted jewelry, police said.

The suspects again fled, this time in a green four-door compact sedan.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Massive Fire In North Bergen

A fire erupted in an apartment building in North Bergen, N.J., Wednesday afternoon.

Flames and smoke coming from the three-story building at 7404 Broadway could be seen for several miles.

SkyFoxHD was over the scene in Hudson County where firefighters were battling the flames from both the ground and rooftop.

The fire, which broke out at about 1 p.m., appeared to have quickly spread.

"There has been a partial roof collapse. There is a total of seven buildings attached to the burning building," SkyFoxHD reporter Kai Simonsen said.

There are unconfirmed reports of two people injured.

Streets around the fire scene at Broadway and 74th Street were closed.

EMS Medic Seriously Injured in Clawson Street Ambulance Crash

An EMS medic was injured on Weds., Jan. 11, 2012, during an accident on Staten Island. (Flickr/MrTMan)

STATEN ISLAND — An EMS medic was seriously injured during an ambulance crash in Oakwood Heights Wednedsay afternoon, authorities said.

The smash-up unfolded on Clawson Street and Princeton Avenue just before 12:45 p.m., the FDNY said.

Sources said the FDNY ambulance, which was not moving at the time of the accident, was struck by another vehicle.

The medic was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital South Campus in serious condition.

It was not immediately clear if there was criminality involved in the crash or how it occurred.