Monday, April 15, 2013

Child Caused Blaze that Injured 50-Officials Say

(Photo by David Greene)

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, April 15- Nearly 50 residents and first responders were injured when a fire sent billowing black smoke into the hallways and apartments of a high-rise apartment building in Melrose. 

The fire broke out inside a 5th-floor apartment at 225 E. 149 Street, at 7:45 a.m., on April 13. Nearly 150 firefighters battled the 3-alarm blaze for two hours as firefighters and paramedics carried many of the victims down the stairs of the 27-story building operated by Pinnacle Realty. 

When firefighters arrived, a father had dangled a baby out of the window of a 25th-floor apartment. Several injured remain in critical condition, but all are expected to survive. 

FDNY fire marshals have determined that a child playing with a lighter was the source of the blaze.   

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