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Firefighter dies after falling off roof of five-story building in Ridgewood

Posted at 3:04 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 22:32:32-04

William Tolley, 42, died in the line of duty on April 20, 2017. (FDNY)

RIDGEWOOD, Queens — A 14-year veteran of the FDNY died Thursday after falling five stories from the roof of a Queens apartment.

The fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment located at 1615 Putnam Ave in Ridgewood around 2:30 p.m.

Officials say William Tolley, 42, fell from the roof of the five-story building. Tolley was one of more than 100 firefighters on the scene of the blaze.

Tolley was rushed to Wyckoff Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

During a briefing Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tolley had been a member of the FDNY for 14 years. He was a member of Ladder 135 and Engine 286 of Ridgewood.

City officials took to social media to send their condolences.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said it's too early to determine what caused Tolley to fall. An investigation is underway.

Tolley is the 1,147th member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.

He is survived by his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Isabelle.