EXCLUSIVE: Lakewood Hatzolah Member first Paramedic at Flatbush Scene: It was a Horror Scene

Flatbush fire home2“It was a horror scene.” Those are the words a veteran and seasoned Paramedic from Lakewood used to describe the indescribable horrific tragedy that hit the Jewish world on Shabbos.

The member tells TLS he was staying a few blocks away on Shabbos when the call went out, and immediately responded to the scene.

“When I got there, the mother and daughter had already jumped from the window,” the member says. The flames were just too large for her to fight or run through to get to her children trapped on the other side of the home.

The Hatzolah members put her on the stretcher, but her words aren’t something any members on scene will ever forget.

“There’s eight children, there’s eight children,” the crying mother kept saying.

“There’s no way to describe her pain,” the paramedic, who has seen horror for nearly 30 years as an emergency responder said.

flatbush fireAfter dropping off the mother at the hospital, the member, along with the others, immediately headed back to the scene.

But by that time, there was no good news left.

“All we kept hearing over the radio was another traumatic arrest, another traumatic arrest, another traumatic arrest,” the paramedics said. “It was just a horror,” realizing there was nobody being brought out alive from the home at that point.

The bodies of the young children were placed on stretchers and awaited the medical examiners.

“A family snuffed out in ten minutes. Just horrifying.”

“You saw it on the faces of the firefighters. You saw the sadness on their faces.”

The mother and daughter, Gila bas Tziporah and Tziporah bas Gila are still in great need of Tefillos.

Levaya details will be published when they become available.




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  1. Prayers prayers and more prayers. Maybe smoke detectors should be handed out and batteries instead of Shabbos candles or matzohs. At least for now before pesach.
    The mom was a classmate of my sister, from yeshiva of Flatbush. All those women are planning some sort of fundraiser and prayer group for this family. Bde

  2. In light of the recent tragedy, the Lakewood Fire Commissioners and the Volunteer Fire Department strongly urges everyone to check that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working condition. Make sure to have at least one working smoke alarm on each floor. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area. Also if using a hot plate on Shabbos or Yom Tov please be sure it is UL listed and use a timer to only have it turn on and be used while you are awake!

  3. to david mitzrhi
    I don’t think you can have the warmer turn on when it’s already shabbat – there may be an issue with placing food on it. I think you gotta gotta have it on from before shabbat.

    However, it’s definitely a great idea to use a timer to make it turn off when done with it.

    Ask your rabbi before.

  4. We should all pray for the mother and her daughter and also that the father should be able to go on . This is such a horrendous tragedy.

  5. My heart and prayers go out to this mother and her family. I can not even begin to imagine her pain. Prayers to the firefighters and paramedics who were on scene for this tragedy will pay a toll on their minds and souls. I apologize as I am not of the religion and do not know the proper words to say to the mother and her family, but they are in my prayers. I pray God sends them peace and helps them through this tragedy.

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