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James W. Blackmore


Along with other firefighters, Lieutenant Blackmore and Captain LaPiedra were conducting a search on the second floor of a commercial/residential structure. A civilian fire victim had been reported to be trapped in the area. Without warning, the second floor collapsed into the fire area on the first floor, trapping firefighters in a live fire on the first floor. Two firefighters died and four were seriously injured. The civilian fire victim had escaped through a back entrance. Lieutenant Blackmore was pronounced dead at the hospital after being recovered by other firefighters, the cause of death was crushing trauma and burns resulting in a heart attack. Captain LaPiedra suffered severe burns (70%) and died on July 4, 1998, the cause of death was thermal burns resulting in cardiac arrest. More information related to this incident is available in NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation 98-F-17.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
James W. Blackmore was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

FDNY New York City Fire Department, Engine 332
9 Metro Tech Center

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Commissioner Thomas Von Essen

View NIOSH Report

Age: 48
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: June 5, 1998
Date of death: June 6, 1998
Cause of fatal injury: Caught or Trapped
Nature of fatal injury: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: June 13, 2012