Blaze Leaves Elderly Man Fighting For Life

NY Post - October 30, 2011

by COLIN MIXON

An elderly man was in critical condition last night after a fire tore through his Borough Park apartment, fire officials said.

It wasn't clear what sparked the flames that left the unidentified man struggling to survive at Maimonides Medical Center with second-degree burns on his upper body and in his airways.

The blaze began at around 8:25 p.m. yesterday, in a fifth-floor apartment of the six-story building at 4800 14th Ave.

Residents were allowed to return to their apartments after the inferno was extinguished at around 10:20 p.m.

Officials were still investigating the cause of the blaze late last night but said it did not immediately appear to be weather-related.

The building's heat was on and firefighters did not notice a space heater in the home.