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    MTA worker (Garrett Goble, 36) killed, 16 others injured in suspicious Harlem subway fire

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...-fire-n1170231

    One person was killed and at least 16 were hurt in an underground New York City subway fire Friday morning, officials said.

    More than 100 firefighters responded to the train blaze in Harlem, just above Central Park, at 3:18 a.m., New York City Fire Department Deputy Assistant Chief Fred Schaaf said during an early-morning news conference.

    One person was killed, four suffered life-threatening injuries and one was seriously injured, according to the fire department. In addition, 11 people, including four firefighters, suffered minor injuries. The victim who was killed was identified only as a 36-year-old man.

    Schaaf said heavy fire came from at least one train car, and that firefighters were met with challenging high-heat conditions. Two cars were quickly evacuated.

    Large plumes of smoke could be seen billowing out of street grates near the 110th Street and Central Park North subway station, NBC New York reported. The fire had started at Broadway and 96th Street, police said.

    The fire, which broke out in a northbound train, affected service through the morning, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Far fewer commuters are using the subway system during the coronavirus pandemic, but the MTA has also greatly decreased the number of trains that are running.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Schaaf said.

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    Well, this is terrifying. I'm someone who takes the subway a lot, especially in NYC when I'm there.
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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/motorman-d...ry?id=69837299

    An MTA motorman is dead and at least a dozen other people are injured in a suspicious fire on a Harlem subway car that spewed heavy smoke through stations and tunnels and further delayed service already curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The fire broke out inside a northbound No. 2 train as it entered the 110th Street station, near Central Park, at approximately 3:14 AM.

    As the No. 2 train reached 110th Street, an employee on the train reported heavy smoke and fire in the second car. The motorman was found on the tracks and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

    "The entire MTA family mourns his death alongside a grateful city," MTA chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye wrote in a statement. "Our hearts break for his family, loved ones and all those who knew him. The NYPD is actively investigating the incident for criminality."

    "Our Conductor acted heroically to move passengers to the platform out of danger, and deserves our deepest thanks and support for his bravery," said TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano, noting that the conductor was "just 36 years of age."

    A police source told ABC News that a "person of interest" was being questioned.

    Several other fires were reported at 86th, 96th and 116th Streets that police said may be connected.

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    MTA worker (Garrett Goble, 36) killed, 16 others injured in suspicious Harlem subway fire

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/27/man-36...y-fire-report/

    An MTA motorman was killed and 16 people injured when flames tore through a train in Harlem early Friday — and officials believe the blaze may be tied to a spate of other subway fires that broke out along the line around the same time.

    A person-of-interest was being questioned by police Friday afternoon, but no arrests have been made, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

    Train operator Garrett Goble, 36, was found unconscious on the tracks at the 110th Street-Central Park North subway station by first responders amid the 3:15 a.m. two-alarm fire aboard a northbound No. 2 train, police said. It’s unclear how the worker ended up on the tracks.

    He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Goble, a married father of a 5-month-old baby and six-year MTA employee, was among the essential city workers who reported for duty during the coronavirus pandemic.

    TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano called the incident a “terrible tragedy,” adding, “This is a sad day for our entire city. We’re devastated.

    “He was starting a whole new career,” Utano told reporters of Goble. “He was family, and now it’s over. It’s over just like that.”

    The blaze — which erupted inside the second car of the train, leaving it completely charred and gutted — is suspicious and being investigated as a criminal matter, police said.

    “As [the train] reached 110th Street here, an employee that was on the train reported to the motorman that there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the second car,” NYPD Deputy Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of detectives at Manhattan North, told reporters at a press conference.

    “The train stopped, and many people got off because there was a large, large fire on that train,” McGee said.

    Sources said a shopping cart was found badly burned on the train — and police believe that the blaze may have started in the cart.

    The MTA said that the train’s conductor and an additional conductor who was on board the train but off-duty helped straphangers flee to safety.

    Utano said the No. 2 train’s conductor “is a little traumatized” but added, “He was happy that what he did to save the passengers made him feel that he did a good thing.”

    Authorities said three men and one woman were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for smoke inhalation, while five firefighters were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

    Seven others were treated at the scene, police said.

    Investigators were probing three other smaller fires that had been set on platforms also along the No. 2 line in Upper Manhattan — at 86th Street, 96th Street and 116th Street, McGee said, adding that all the fires started around the same time.

    “I’m not saying that they are connected, but it’s something that we have to investigate,” he said.

    Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the 86th Street station at 3:05 a.m., the FDNY said. Details on the exact timing of the other fires were not immediately available.

    Police were combing the train stations for surveillance footage, sources said.

    MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said the MTA is offering $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people “responsible for this tragedy.”

    “The entire MTA family mourns [Goble’s] death alongside a grateful city,” Foye said. “Our hearts break for his family, loved ones and all those who knew him.”

    The MTA and NYPD were offering a combined reward of up to $52,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fatal incident.

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    Who is trying to pull off a terrorist attack at this time?

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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by up2trouble View Post
    Is this the victim or the suspect?
    Quote Originally Posted by Miller22 View Post
    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
    Quote Originally Posted by animosity View Post
    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    Is this the victim or the suspect?
    I was confused on that as well, but it's the victim.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...32e-story.html


    MTA train operator Garrett Goble, devoted dad to two young sons, died the same way that he lived: Doing the right thing.

    The heroic transit worker’s body was found on the subway tracks in Harlem after evacuating terrified riders early Friday from a smoky and suspicious subterranean blaze aboard an uptown train. The 36-year-old Goble was discovered on the roadbed in front of the No. 2 train when first responders arrived to the 110th St./Central Park North station about 3:15 a.m.

    “He was the best, he really was,” said co-worker Linda Echevarria, a longtime friend. “He was a loving, kind man, and he died helping others. It’s heartbreaking.”

    Cops were attempting to determine if an arsonist set the fire in the second car of the train inside the station. A suspect was taken into custody and remained at the 28th Precinct for questioning, a Fire Department source told the Daily News.

    The brave transit worker was the only fatality in the bizarre morning incident where a charred shopping cart was found inside the Bronx-bound train. Investigators believe an accelerant in the shopping cart helped the fire spread, but more tests of the evidence are needed to be sure, sources said.

    Before his death, the six-year MTA veteran helped steer straphangers to safety before getting lost in the smoke-filled tunnel and collapsing, possibly from a coronary arrest, according to a source.

    Smoke was already pouring out of the train car and straphangers were scrambling for air when cops and firefighters arrived. The fire apparently started in the second car of the train once it stopped in the station, the with flames followed by a pair of popping noises, according to transit sources.

    “The train car was completely gutted,” a source said.

    Goble, 36, was rushed by medics to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Colleagues and a Brooklyn neighbor described the married father of boys ages 10 and seven months a nice guy who always greeted her with a hug.

    “All I can tell you is he was beautiful young man,” said Katherine Gray, 73. “I’ve known him all his life. He was a good son, an excellent father and a great husband.”

    Gray was not surprised to hear that Goble, who married just two years ago, risked his life to save others.

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    Very sad. I can't help but think the lockdown helped cut down on deaths and injuries though. Cold comfort. Especially for his family.

    He looked nice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Miller22 View Post
    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
    Quote Originally Posted by animosity View Post
    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Hero MTA worker killed in Harlem subway fire was dedicated dad

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/28/hero-m...dedicated-dad/


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