Children climb out of windows with deadly rampage in 14-story NYC building

Two teenagers made a daring escape Thursday from a Manhattan fire that left at least one person dead.

The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the New York City Housing Authority’s Jacob Riis Houses shortly before 7 a.m. New York Post.

Eight people were injured in fire in a 14-story building. One person was reported in critical condition.

FDNY director Michael Ajello said two teenagers who dropped power lines suffered serious injuries.

The two teenagers “went out the window and wriggled down some sort of pipe to escape the fire,” said FDNY spokesman Jim Long.


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ONE dramatic video Photo taken from a neighbor’s apartment shows two teenagers, identified as a boy and his sister, climbing out of a window and to a safe floor four floors below.

Christian Cortes, 20, who videotaped the teenagers as they reached safety, said: Exciting news now.

“I prayed to God to bring them to the ground safely. She grabbed that pole and looked like she was about to let go,” he said.

Neighbor Shala Coleman recalled the moment the 18-year-old girl hit the ground behind her 13-year-old brother.

Coleman said: ‘Her skin was peeling off her arm, it was peeling. “I just put her in the blanket. Me and a police officer carried her to the couch.”


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Neighbor Shaquane Mitchell said she was among those who tried to break down the door of an apartment to free a trapped woman.

“We tried to kick the door,” she said. “She can’t unlock the door, mother. She was screaming “I can’t open it!”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials said multiple e-bikes were found in the apartment.

Fire officials have reported 93 fires caused by lithium bicycle batteries so far this year, more than double the 44 fires reported in 2020.

About 180 fireman Responding to two alarm flames, which were extinguished in about an hour.

The death is the third fatality on a New York City Housing Authority property in a 28-hour period.

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