Peter McLaughlin, Firefighter

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On October 8, Firefighter Peter McLaughlin of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) was killed while performing a search on the fourth floor at a fire in a tenement building, when the fire broke through the ceiling engulfing the apartment in flames. Firefighter McLaughlin's route of escape was blocked by a window gate. He died of burn injuries and smoke inhalation. The fire started on a mattress in a fourth floor bedroom. The building had been previously cited for over 170 fire code violations.

Department information

250 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201-5884

Chief: Hugh Hagan

Peter McLaughlin 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.
Age: 31
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 8, 1995
Date of death: October 8, 1995
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential