New York Firefighter Dies Battling Brooklyn Blaze


A New York City fire lieutenant has died after he was trapped in a fire on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise.

A department spokesman says Lt. Gordon Ambelas died at a hospital late Saturday night after he was pulled from the building unconscious.

Ambelas was battling a 2-alarm fire at 75 Wilson Street in Williamsburg at around 9 p.m. which was under control an hour later.

The 40-year-old is the department's first line of duty death in more than two years.

He was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center just after 11 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the hospital around midnight. He and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro confirmed the death on Twitter and to reporters at the hospital.