Fire in Plainview, NY, Apartment Building Claims Woman

Feb. 19, 2024
Plainview firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor.

Firefighters from nearly a dozen departments battled a deadly fire at an apartment complex for seniors in Nassau County.

Plainview First Deputy Chief Andrew Cohen who found fire on the second floor said  firefighters were met with challenges.

"There was heavy fire, heavy smoke, heavy heat. Cold weather played a huge factor into this. It was icy out," Cohen told CBS reporters

He said firefighters worked tirelessly to evacuate elderly residents. One woman was found unconscious, but she was breathing and alert in the ambulance.

Two more women were discovered in an apartment. A 74-year-old, who was badly burned, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The 84-year-old didn't make it.