Bronx House Fire Kills 35-Year-Old Man

NY Daily News - April 10, 2018

by ANDY MAI JOHN ANNESE

A fire in the Bronx killed a 35-year-old man in his home late Monday.

The small blaze broke out at about 11:30 p.m., in a three-story townhouse on Freeman St. near Prospect Ave. in Foxhurst, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

Most of the fire damage was inflicted on the victim, who firefighters found dead on the first floor, police said. He was identified Tuesday morning as Russell Henry.

Neighbor Jose Ayala said the victim lived on the first floor of the house.

“I just saw them pull him out and they put him right there,” Ayala said. “He looked burnt. His legs were burnt.”

The victim’s body remained covered with a sheet as firefighters worked early Tuesday.

“I feel bad. That’s my friend,” Ayala said. “He lived here for as long as I lived here.”

Firefighters brought the blaze under control at about midnight.

The cause of the fire could be considered suspicious, according to police, but remains under investigation.