Tom Brokaw and his wife are “very, very fortunate” after escaping a fire in his apartment building in New York City.
The former NBC “Nightly News” anchor chatted with the New York Post following the blaze and had nothing but praise for the FDNY.
“We’re safe, and we were very, very impressed with the work of the NY Fire Department,” he said. “It was close to the south floor of our building and it was fully involved by the time they got here.”
“We were awakened by their presence, frankly,” added the 79-year-old. “Our dogs began to bark and we realized, we looked down in our elevator area and the fire department was coming up.”
More than 100 firefighters were dispatched to the Upper East Side building at 12:30 a.m. Firefighters had the fire under control by 2:30 a.m.
Six people, including five firefighters, received non-life-threatening injuries.
“No damage to our unit. We got a little smoke,” Brokaw added. “Really, it’s a cautionary tale about living in the danger of fire. But thank God for the New York Fire Department.”