George Lener, Lieutenant

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On June 5, Lieutenant George Lener of the New York City Fire Department collapsed from smoke inhalation and was found unconscious in the basement of a five story warehouse after a fire that required the response of more than 300 firefighters. Lt. Lener died seven weeks later without regaining consciousness. A suspected arsonist has been arrested and charged with starting the fire. Sixteen other firefighters were injured during the incident.

Department information

New York City Fire Department
250 Livingston Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Anthony Fusco

George Lener 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.
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: June 5, 1994
Date of death: July 24, 1994
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Industry