Boy, 7, dies in fire as FDNY faces vaccine mandate ‘sickout’

A seven-year-old boy died and his grandmother was seriously injured in an apartment fire in New York City as FDNY handles staff shortages in response to a vaccine mandate.

Firefighters responded to a call at. 01.30 Saturday in a building in Washington Heights, where a fire broke out in the building inspector’s basement apartment. First aid personnel quickly contained and extinguished the fire.

Five people were inside the apartment at the time, including Robert Resto, 7, the superchild’s grandson and the superhero’s wife, 54.

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Resto was pronounced dead inside the apartment, ABC 7 reported.

Resto was found hidden under a severely burnt bed.

The fire ignited when firefighters across the city reported sick Friday, but FDNY said it had not closed any firehouses due to staff shortages.

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City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said it was “unacceptable” for “a group of our firefighters” to demonstrate their anger over the city-wide vaccine mandate in a way that “could endanger New Yorkers’ lives.”

“Despite these actions by some, the department will continue to respond to any calls for help that come our way,” Nigro promised.

FDNY officials insist “sickout” did not affect response times to Saturday’s fire, the New York Daily News reported. Firefighters arrived within four minutes.

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By Monday, any FDNY employee who has not received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine will be sent home without pay.

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About 72% of the city’s firefighters and 84% of the medical first aiders had at least one dose of the vaccine on Friday night.

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