On her way out, the lady left her apartment door open. The additional air from the hallway fed the fire and blew it out the windows. The halls were equipped with sprinklers but they were deactivated. As the Lieutenant and FF’s got to the door, the winds changed and blew estimated 30 mph winds back into the apartment creating a 2,000 degree fireball now blowing into the hallway. The 3 FF’s were able to transmit a MAYDAY …but that was it. The extreme heat trapped them, horrifically asphyxiated them and burned their
masks off. Also injured in the fire were 6 other FF’s and 4 residents. Despite efforts to save their lives they succumbed to the injuries. Today, December 18, 2008, we remember FDNY’s Lieutenant Joseph Cavalieri, FF Christopher Bopp and FF James Bohan.