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1 Killed, 3 Injured In Upper West Side Fire

May 28, 2018 - 7:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- One person was killed and three others were injured late Monday when a fire broke out in a six-story building on the Upper West Side.

The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of an apartment house located at 120 W. 105th St. between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, officials said.

A man named Daniel lives on the fifth floor of the building. He was home when he smelled smoke.

“Initially, I thought something was burning in my household. I checked everything, and nothing was wrong. But I could see the smoke,” he told WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman.

Daniel went into the hallway and saw firefighters breaking down his next-door neighbor’s door. The firefighters told him to evacuate.

When firefighters busted in, they found a man passed out. Neighbors said the man was in a wheelchair.

When medics got to the man, he was dead.

Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Carlsen said it wasn’t easy to get the fire out.

“It’s a walkup, so we walked up with the hose to the fifth floor, and then we had to stretch that home into the back of the apartment, into the bedroom,” Carlson said. “So yeah, it’s a difficult operation, yes.”

Two firefighters were injured, and a neighbor was also hurt. Their injuries were not severe.

The cause of the fire was under investigation late Monday, and police and the fire marshal were on the scene.