James B. Williams, Firefighter

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On January 5th, James B. Williams, a career firefighter with FDNY, died from burns sustained during a 2-alarm fire rescue at an apartment building in Queens, New York. Unaware that the occupants of the apartment had already left, he and four other firefigthers were searching for victims and fighting the fire when they were engulfed in flames after breaking through a door.

Department information

New York City Fire Department
250 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Stephen J. King III

James B. Williams 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: 38
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 5, 1996
Date of death: January 5, 1996
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential