Two Reported Hurt in Bronx Apartment Building Blaze

NY Daily News - March 28, 2020

by ELIZABETH KEOGH

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Two people were reported hurt Friday in a three-alarm Bronx fire that sent flames shooting through an apartment building roof.

The blaze erupted shortly before 9 p.m. at 2528 Cruger Ave. in Allerton, and tore through the top floor of the six-story building.

One person was taken to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition, the Fire Department said. A second person with minor injuries also went to Jacobi.

“I was in my apartment and I heard banging on the door. They told me there’s a fire on the 6th floor," said said Menebelle Nuhann, 46, who lives on the fourth floor. "It went dark and I slipped and I came down on my back.”

Nuhann got up and grabbed his passport and Social Security card.

“Everything came down, the ceiling came down. All of the water came down. Everything is destroyed. Everything I own is gone,” he said, adding he doesn’t have insurance.

Albert Arias, 39, who lives on the building’s first floor, was outdoors when he saw the fire.

″People were running out and panicking. It was scary. People were coming out screaming,” he said. “I saw kids, old people who were taken out. Some were taken to the hospital.”

The blaze was declared under control shortly before 11 p.m. Its cause remained under investigation late Friday.

“A time like this with nowhere to go,” said Luisa Garcia, 56, who lives in the neighborhood. “There are good families in there. They don’t have a safe home now.”