On Friday night, a massive fire broke out in a five-story Williamsburg apartment building, killing one woman. The fire started around 9:15 p.m. in 59-year-old Ellen Lucky's third floor apartment in the five story building at 147 Conselyea Street. Firefighters spent over three hours battling the flames; Lucky was eventually found dead at the scene. No one else was injured, partially thanks to the efforts of Conrad Mea, who helped get 13 people—including an 80-year-old woman he had to carry—out of the building as the fire blazed: “He’s the hero in my book,” Mea’s brother-in-law, Martin Freda, told the News. “He reacted the way we wish everyone would in a situation like that.”
Mea, his wife Rose and 12-year-old son live on the fourth floor—once they got Freda's wife (who lives across the hall) out, Mea and Rose each pounded on doors to apartments on the third, second and first floors. Rose left with the son, while Mea remained inside longer getting people out. "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have even known," 60-year-old Margaret Falco, who lived in the building for 32 years, told DNAInfo.
Mea's last stop was rescuing 80-year-old neighbor named Dolores on the first floor; he also tore down a 5-foot chain-link fence to make it easier for her to pass. “I laid on it so she could walk over it,” Mea said. The fire is still under investigation, but neighbors are grateful to Mea and his wife. “I hope anybody would do something like that,” Mea told the News. “You’d have to be an animal to let people burn.”
American Red Cross, who has met with five families from the building so far, adds that anyone who is in need of assistance as a result of this fire can still contact them at 1-877 RED CROSS.