SI Fire Tragedy

NY Post - November 27, 2011

by KIRSTAN CONLEY, SABRINA FORD and JENNIFER BAIN

A Staten Island woman found dead in her apartment after a fire yesterday is being mourned by her friends and neighbors.

"She walked her dog in a baby carriage," a neighbor recalled of 63-year-old Irma Galindo, who was famed around Silver Lake for her eccentricities.

Galindo, a retired social worker, was found unconscious in her bed after neighbors called 911 at around 2:15 a.m. to report the smell of burning food in her apartment, authorities said.

Firefighters found her first-story home at 800 Victory Boulevard overwhelmed with smoke. Galindo was unconscious in the bedroom, they said.

She was declared dead at Richmond University Medical Center.

Firefighters said there were no flames, and that it wasn't immediately clear whether she died from smoke inhalation or from natural causes before the fire began.