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Video: FDNY FF seriously injured by falling AC unit released from hospital

Photographs show the firefighter’s helmet cracked after the incident

By Laura French

Update: Jan. 26, 8:08 p.m.

The FDNY firefighter injured has been identified as James Torsney, TL-172, according to the NYCFireWire. Torsney was hospitalized after a window AC hit him in the head at a fire scene Monday morning.

On Tuesday, Torsney was released from the hospital to applause from fellow firefighters.

Update Jan. 26, 8:45 a.m.

A security camera captured the moment an air conditioning unit fell on an FDNY firefighter’s head during a fire in Brooklyn Monday morning, causing serious injuries.

Firefighters were responding to a blaze at a two-story home when the unit fell and struck the firefighter, according to NBC New York. The firefighter was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition.

Photographs show the firefighter’s helmet cracked after the incident.

Five other FDNY firefighters sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire, according to CBS New York.

Original report:

NEW YORK — An FDNY firefighter sustained serious injuries while battling a fire at a Brooklyn residence on Monday morning.

Officials say more than 100 firefighters from 25 units responded to the blaze at a two-story home, which started on the first floor and quickly spread to the second floor, according to PIX11.

The injured firefighter was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive, FDNY officials said. No further details about the nature of the injuries were released.

Crews first arrived at the scene at about 8:50 a.m. and the fire was brought under control by about 10:30 a.m., according to the FDNY.