Tom Brokaw and his wife, Meredith Lynn Auld, made it out of their New York City apartment building after a fire broke out on New Year’s Day.
Brokaw spoke with the New York Post hours after firefighters were dispatched to his Upper East Side building, saying he felt “very, very fortunate” for his safety.
“We’re safe, and we were very, very impressed with the work of the NY Fire Department,” said Brokaw. “It was close to the south floor of our building and it was fully involved by the time they got here.”
Brokaw continued, “We were awakened by their presence, frankly. Our dogs began to bark and we realized, we looked down in our elevator area and the fire department was coming up.”
More than 100 members of the New York Fire Department showed up to snuff out the fire just after midnight on Wednesday, according The New York Post. The fire broke out two floors above Brokaw and Auld’s apartment, in a unit whose owners were reportedly out of town at the time. “No damage to our unit. We got a little smoke. Really, it’s a cautionary tale about living in the danger of fire. But thank God for the New York Fire Department.”