1 Dead, 1 Critically Hurt in NYC High-Rise Fire

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and another has been critically injured in a three-alarm high-rise apartment fire Sunday in midtown Manhattan.

Image source: WPIX-TV

Two civilians with critical injuries were taken to separate New York hospitals where police say one of them later died.

The man who died tried escaping the fire, WPIX-TV in New York reported. Police say that the 27-year-old man was taken to Roosevelt Hospital where he passed away.

Firefighter spokesman Danny Glover said the fire reported to authorities shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday was in an apartment on the 20th floor of a building at 43rd Street and 10th Avenue.

He says smoke spread to several apartments around the affected apartment, adding that it was under control shortly before 1 p.m.  Glover says it was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

He says about 40 units responded to the fire.

Here’s a report from WPIX-TV in New York City: