Fire investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire in Manhattan Tuesday that claimed the life of an elderly resident, reports NY 1.
Firefighters responded to the call around 4:30 a.m. inside a 22-story building located at 315 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.
Though the flames were confined to a single apartment on the third floor and put out shortly after, 82-year-old Gloria Hillman was declared dead at the scene.
Building superintendent Ramon Vargas said he was on the 18th floor when he woke up, smelled smoke and started knocking on neighbors’ doors.
“At the same time I got a call from one of the residents on the third floor that there is a lot of smoke. I went down to the third floor with the service elevator and I couldn’t open the elevator there was so much smoke. So I went upstairs and I started telling everyone you have to get out of the building, let’s get out down the stairs. We all went down the stairs,” he said.
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