Harlem Fire in High-Rise Apartment Building Injures 10 People, Including Grandmother on 18Th Floor

NY Daily News - April 08, 2011

by Matthew Nestel

A fire in a Harlem high-rise injured 10 people, including a beloved grandmother who suffered third-degree burns, officials said Thursday.

Rose Moore was fighting for her life after the blaze swept through her 18th-floor apartment in the Drew Hamilton Houses on Fredrick Douglass Blvd. and W. 142nd St. about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

It took firefighters 45 minutes to put out the fire, which left nine others hurt, one seriously, officials said.

They were all taken to Harlem Hospital.

Moore's family said the "80-something" grandmother was unconscious and struggling to survive.

"She's loving," said granddaughter Raven Moore, 21. "She has grandchildren in the double digits. It's a big family."

Rose Moore lived alone and her granddaughter was uncertain if anyone else was in the apartment when the fire broke out.

"We just don't know what happened," Raven Moore said.