NY Daily News - January 31, 2018by NY Daily News
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi Thirty-six units and 168 firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire which injured three people. (KEN MURRAY/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) Fire tore through the top floor of a Bronx apartment building casting residents into the cold as firefighters fought back the flames early Wednesday.
The blaze began in the cockloft of a six-story apartment building at the corner of Briggs Ave. and E. 194th St. in Fordham Manor around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Medics rushed a resident and two firefighters to New York Presbyterian Hospital with minor injuries.
Rodolfo Rodriguez, 57, called his super when he smelled smoke in his sixth-floor apartment around 9 p.m.
“He came up to check it out but he didn’t find anything,” Rodriguez said. “A couple hours later there was smoke coming into the kitchen and I called 911.”
Mary Osei, 48, was awaken by another neighbor on the sixth floor alarmed by the unsettling smell.
Two fiefighters were injured fighting the blaze.
“We checked everywhere but there was nothing,” said Osei, who fled into the frigid cold in a nightgown and sandals. “We all could smell the smoke but didnt know where it was coming from.”
Thirty-six units and 168 firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire which was placed under control by 2:15 a.m., according to authorities.
More than 40 displaced residents sought emergency shelter with Red Cross overnight, officials said.
“I didn’t have time to grab anything to wear,” said Marlene Miranda, 59, who ran outside naked moments after she finished showering and whose hair remained in curlers.
“Everything I’m wearing somebody gave me. I don't know what I’m going to do in the morning.”