Mother, adult daughter killed in 3-alarm fire in eastern New York City, Brooklyn, at apartment building
The fire started in the deli on the first floor of the Belmont Avenue building in East New York at around 1:30 a.m.
“This type of fire penetrates into pipe basins and voids, so there is a lot of opening in the walls and ceilings to expose the fire so that it can be put out,” said the deputy fire chief of the FDNY, John Esposito. “It’s just a tough operation.”
A woman in her 60s and her daughter in her 40s were dragged from the third floor of the four-story building. They were rushed to hospital, where they later died.
Two other people sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and a firefighter also sustained a non-life-threatening injury.
The American Red Cross helps 45 residents; 31 adults and 14 children.
Authorities said the smoke detector was not working.
A boy says his father saved his 7-year-old sister by taking her up the fire escape.
“I think he really cares about his family,” said 13-year-old Rashedul Shoharawardey. “And he helped us all out of the house, because it was all foggy inside and we couldn’t get out the stairs.”
Meanwhile, winery owner Esteban Luna said he had only had the business for 14 months and his insurance had lapsed.
Luna said he left around 11 p.m. Tuesday and was unsure how the fire could have started.
Officials say the cause is an unattended electric heater.
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