Firefighter who jumped from burning Bronx building released from hospital

One of the firefighters injured in the Bronx blaze that claimed the lives of two fellow firefighters was released from St. Barnabas Hospital Friday.

Jeffrey Cool, of Ladder Company 3, was injured January 23 along with three others when they were forced to jump from the fourth floor of a burning building on East 178th Street. Lieutenant Curtis Meyran, 46, of Battalion 26 and 37-year-old firefighter John Bellew of Ladder 27 were both killed. Another firefighter was released from the hospital last month, while two others remain at Cornell Medical Center. Cool will be transferred to a rehabilitation center near his home in Rockland County.

FDNY investigators determined the men were forced to jump because of illegal partitions inside the apartment that blocked access to the fire escapes.

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