Man Dead, Woman Critically Injured in Park Slope Blaze: Police

WPIX 11 - January 22, 2020

by Mark Sundstrom

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — A man has died and a woman is fighting for her life after a fast-moving fire tore through their Brooklyn apartment early Wednesday, officials said.

According to the FDNY, the call came in just after 2 a.m. for a fire at 155 Fifth Avenue, between Lincoln Place and St. Johns Place, in the Park Slope neighborhood.

The man and woman were rushed to the hospital, both initially in critical condition with burns and smoke inhalation, officials said.

The man, 37, was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later, according to police. The woman, 22, remains in critical condition.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the top floor of a four-story building as it ripped through the two-bedroom apartment, authorities said.

Fire officials said the door to the front bedroom where the two were found was closed, which helped prevent the fire from spreading to other apartments.

According to the FDNY, neighbors in the building heard the fire alarms going off.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which is now under control, the FDNY said.

While officials do not believe the fire is suspicious the exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The victim's identities have not yet been released.

Fire officials shared advice to help keep you safe: -A working smoke alarm is critical to surviving a fire in your home

-Those without a smoke alarm are urged to get a 10-year sealed battery combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm for every level of their home.

-Have an escape plan and practice it

-Close the door behind you if you’re leaving your home when it’s on fire

-Keep space heaters away from combustibles

-Don’t overload electrical outlets

-Don’t leave cooking food unattended