FDNY: Six Killed in Harlem Apartment Fire

NY 1 - May 08, 2019

NEW YORK - The city fire department is investigating the cause of a fire early Wednesday in Harlem that killed six people, including four children.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says they received a call at 1:40 a.m. from a person across the street from the seven-story Fred Samuels Houses on Seventh Avenue near 142nd Street reporting the blaze.

Nigro says firefighters responded within three minutes to the fifth-floor fire.

He says firefighters aggressively moved in to extinguish the flames and when they reached two rear bedrooms they found two adults and four children, ranging in ages from 3 to 11, deceased. They are all believed to be family members.

It's believed the fire began in the kitchen.

Nigro says there were approximately 100 firefighters on the scene and it took more than an hour to get the fire under control.

Three other residents in the building suffered minor injuires related to the heavy smoke.

A vigil for the victims is being planned for Wednesday evening.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.