Fatal Fires Break Out in Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx Early Monday

NY Daily News - January 20, 2020

by ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

Three fatal fires broke out around the city over just 30 minutes early Monday — and police suspect the victim of one was murdered before the blaze broke out.

In Queens, a man’s charred corpse was found with his hands tied behind his back after firefighters put out a blaze in a home under construction. That fire erupted on 217th St. near 104th Ave. in Queens Village about 3:15 a.m.

An autopsy will be performed to determine how the victim died. Cops were eyeing the possibility he may have been slain somewhere else and then dumped in the home before the fire started.

Minutes earlier, a fatal fire erupted in a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn. Firefighters found a man dead in the lobby of the building on Adelphi St. near Dekalb Ave. in Fort Greene after responding to a 3:06 a.m. 911 call.

The deadly stretch began at 2:45 a.m., when a fire broke out in an apartment building on Casals Place in Co-Op City in the Bronx.

An 85-year-old man found unconscious in his apartment was rushed by EMTs to Jacobi Medical Center but could not be saved. A 49-year-old woman overcome by smoke in the lobby was taken to the same hospital. She is listed in stable condition.

The cause of each fire is under investigation, though police suspect the Queens incident is a a case of arson.

None of the victims’ names have yet been released.