NYC mayor rips ambulance delay in deadly fire

NYC mayor blasts ambulance company
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, William Bratton, left, speaks while New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio looks on during a news conference in New York introducing Bratton as de Blasio's choice for New York City police commissioner. De Blasio’s first 100 days as mayor of NYC were marked in nearly equal measures by accomplishing campaign goals and committing political blunders. During that time he withdrew the city’s challenge to federal oversight of the crime-fighting tactic of stop-and-frisk, which allows police to stop anyone deemed acting suspiciously but critics say discriminates against blacks and Hispanics. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says it is “not acceptable” that ambulances took more than 10 minutes to respond to fire that killed two 4-year-olds.

The blaze ignited Saturday at a home in Far Rockaway, Queens. Authorities say it was set by the children playing with fire.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says an investigation has been launched into why it took an ambulance so long to arrive. The mayor said Tuesday he expects a quick resolution to the inquiry.

De Blasio also says the city’s 911 system must be monitored constantly. In his previous role as public advocate, he frequently expressed concern about delays within the dispatching system.

Cassano is a holdover from the previous administration. He is serving on an interim basis and will be replaced.

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