Two New York City firefighters were killed on Saturday afternoon as they battled a seven-alarm fire in a vacant high-rise building across the street from the World Trade Center site.
Killed were Firefighters Robert Beddia, 53, of Engine 24 and Joseph Graffagnino, 34, of Ladder 5.
"They were found right away, and they were pulled out," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Doctors said the level of carbon monoxide is at such an elevated level that it's not surprising that they went into cardiac arrest."
"Today's events really are another cruel blow to our city and to our fire department," said Mayor Bloomberg.