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Police Executing a Search Warrant Save Five from Fire In Rockaway Beach

By William Gorta | May 5, 2012 6:07pm | Updated on May 5, 2012 6:08pm
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NEW YORK CITY — Precinct cops and Emergency Service officers teamed up to rescue the occupants of a burning Rockaway Beach apartment Friday evening, police said.

A sergeant helping to secure the perimeter of 84-12 Rockaway Beach Blvd. during the execution of a warrant around 7 p.m. saw smoke and  a man leaning out of a sixth-floor window at a neighboring building, cops said.

Officers called for the Fire Department and then went upstairs to the apartment, officials said.

They were unable to open the apartment door with the keys because the cylinder was broken, police said.

Emergency Service cops, on scene to assist in the execution of the warrant, broke down the door and the police were able to get everyone out of the aprtment safely.

Five people from the apartment were treated for smoke inhalation; one had a laceration to his hand.

Several cops were also treated for smoke inhalation.

FDNY said the fire broke out in the kitchen and took 14 minutes to bring under control.