Yesterday afternoon, an apartment building at 115th Street and Lenox Avenue caught fire and tenants and onlookers cheered as five children and their mothers were led to safety. A neighboring building's super, Sharif Abdul Aziz, made three different trips down the fire escape to save mothers and their babies. Aziz simply said, "Everything I do, I do for God." Firefighters also rescued one set of twins from the fifth floor by handing the kids through a window (one is pictured with a firefighter in the bucket).
The three-alarm fire started on the third floor and quickly reached upper floors. Eight adults and five children had minor injuries. And earlier yesterday, a fire that started in a Crown Fried Chicken in the East Kingsbridge seciton of the Bronx damaged three other businesses. The businesses - the chicken shop, a coffee shop, a grocery store and fruit stand - are run by families who aren't sure what they'll do next.