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New York firefighter killed while battling out of control fire in Williamsburg

By Mason White 4:10 PM July 7, 2014
Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A firefighter is dead after an out of control fire in Williamsburg consumed him, rescue workers in New York said.

The Fire Department New York said that the Fire Lieutenant died after becoming trapped while searching for victims in the top floor of the Brooklyn residential building.

Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas, who worked 14 years for the fire department, died in hospital on Saturday, after he was pulled unconscious from the building.

The fire, which was accidental, started in an electric air conditioning cable pinched between a bed frame and wall, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a statement Sunday afternoon. Conditions were considered extremely dangerous because the apartment was so messy, he said.

“Lieutenant Ambelas died while leading firefighters in search of life,” Nigro said. The fire started on Wilson Street around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the Independence Towers complex. It quickly went to a second alarm as flames spread from an apartment on the 19th floor to the 17th and 18th floors.

Ambelas became trapped in a room. He was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center. Ambelas, 40, left behind two daughters, aged 8 and 5, and his wife.

After Saturday’s fire, two firefighters were treated at Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries. Two residents were treated at the scene for minor injuries.