A firefighter saved a 6-year-old boy from a burning home in Brooklyn as his mother watched frantically from outside the house, officials said.
The blaze at 1101 Thomas S. Boyland St. in Brownsville broke out after 2:30 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find a mother panicking over her son trapped inside, the FDNY said.
Good Samaritans had tried to run into the house to no avail, she said. Firefighters went into the home, crawled through the smoke and flames, and Lt. Robert Whelan from Engine 257 finally heard the boy's cries.
"I picked him up, heard him cough a little bit, dragged him out of the room and handed him to another guy," he said. "Everybody was doing their job and hopefully we got him in time."
The child was taken to nearby Brookdale Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.
The fire was under control within an hour, and a cause is being investigated.