Chinatown apartment fire kills mother, son: police officers

A woman and her son were killed when a fire ravaged their Chinatown home early Friday, police officers said.

The fire broke out around 3:50 a.m. on the fifth floor of the building on Mulberry Street near Bayard Street, with flames extending to the sixth floor, the FDNY said.

The 52-year-old man – who police sources said had an unspecified disability – was found dead at his home and his 91-year-old mother was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where she also succumbed to her injuries, authorities said .

A 67-year-old woman who worked overnight as a home nurse for the male victim reported putting him to sleep in his room around 3am, police sources said.

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It’s not immediately clear if the fire is considered suspicious.
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The fire started on the fifth floor of a building on Mulberry Street, near Bayard Street, and the flames spread to the sixth floor.
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About 50 minutes later, she found smoke in the apartment and saw the room burst into flames – before exiting the building, the sources said.

Another civilian was hospitalized with a minor injury and three firefighters were being evaluated for minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

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The fire broke out just before 4 a.m. on Friday.
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A medical worker for the male victim fled the building upon seeing the fire erupt.
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Another civilian was hospitalized by the fire with minor injuries.
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“There was an interior stairway collapse — we had a firefighter who fell through those stairs,” FDNY deputy assistant director John Sarrocco told WNBC.

The fire is being investigated by firefighters and it’s not immediately clear if it’s considered suspicious.

Additional reporting by Lee Brown Chinatown apartment fire kills mother, son: police officers


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