(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.