Five people, including an infant, were trapped in an apartment on the top floor of a three-story brownstone on President Street as it went up in flames on Thanksgiving afternoon.
According to an FDNY spokesman, the fire broke out at around 12:17 p.m. on Thursday in the apartment near Fourth Avenue. Firefighters were on the scene within two minutes and 27 seconds.
The New York Daily News broke the story, reporting that twin sisters, their two boyfriends and one of the couples’ baby boy was in the apartment. They also interviewed neighbors who witnessed the blaze.
“There was smoke everywhere, coming out of the house,” a witness, Angel Sazt told The News. “There was a woman, she looked burned and bleeding screaming for help.”
The eight-month-old baby boy suffered cardiac arrest, but was revived quickly and rushed to New York Methodist Hospital on Seventh Avenue, authorities said.
One adult also suffered a heart attack, was revived on the scene and then brought to the same hospital.
Two other victims suffered serious burns and were transported to Cornell. The fifth victim was sent to Lutheran with minor injuries, the FDNY spokesman said.
The holiday inferno caused a stir throughout the neighborhood during the sunny Thanksgiving afternoon.
“It's a tragedy on this day,” Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Woznica told The News.
The initial report said that one man in the apartment broke a third-story window to escape the fire, leaping to the second floor ledge. The News said that he was bleeding and calling for help.
According to authorities, the fire was put under control by 12:45 p.m.
The cause is still under investigation.
“The baby was still alive but she took too much smoke," Wilfred Rios told The News. “She wasn't breathing too much.”