Fire Kills Woman in Her Brooklyn Home

NY Post - December 20, 2015

by Ethan Harfenist and Eileen AJ Connelly

A Brooklyn woman died when fire ripped through her home Saturday morning.

Alma Crosby, 64, had lived at 1433 East 52nd St. in Flatlands since 1993, rec­ords show. She lived alone in the small brick house and seemed to have few visitors, according to Eliana Lemos, a neighbor.

“Her kids would come every couple months,” Lemos said.

The fire was reported at 10:15 a.m. Firefighters arriving minutes later found heavy smoke and flames “blowing out of the basement,” said Deputy Chief Stephen Moro.

“It was a difficult fire,” Moro said. “There was a lot of fire in the basement, and a little extension to the floor above.”

The blaze took around 25 minutes to contain.

The interior of the house was completely gutted, though the exterior appeared relatively intact. A white car covered with a tarp was parked in the garage.

About 60 firefighters and 12 units responded. Three firefighters received minor injuries.