Unidentified Man Critical After Rescue From Bronx Apartment Fire

NY Daily News - January 13, 2011

by Ngozi Onuoha and Bob Kappstatter

A 20-year-old man was in critical condition after firefighters pulled him from a raging fire in the basement of a Bronx apartment building Wednesday.

The unidentified victim was rushed to Harlem Hospital shortly after the Bravest arrived at 672 Crotona Park South.

Second-floor tenant Barbara Broadric said she smelled smoke just before 1p.m. "I came out and saw a dark hallway," she said. "It was totally black."

Firefighters got there about five minutes later.

They searched through the smoke-choked basement and found the unconscious victim.

It took 65 firefighters just under an hour to bring the blaze under control, fire officials said. The cause was under investigation Wednesday night.