Two Die, One Injured in Apartment Fire Wednesday Night

Fire scene at 216 W. 62nd Street.

By Joy Bergmann

A 70-year-old woman and 44-year-old man were killed after a fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night in a 4th floor apartment at 216 W. 62nd Street, part of the Amsterdam Houses NYCHA development, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to WSR. A third victim was transported to Mount Sinai West [Roosevelt] Hospital, according to the FDNY.

Linda Scallion, an Amsterdam Houses resident, told WSR at the scene that the victims were family members, with the third injured victim being a woman in her 70s, the mother of the man and the sister of the woman who died. “It’s terrible,” she said. “I grew up with the son that passed away. We’re a tight-knit family in this neighborhood. It’s just sad to see, especially this close to the holidays.”

NYPD said the fire was contained to the one apartment and that no other residents were displaced. An electrical issue may have been the cause of the blaze, NYPD said, noting the case is still under investigation by the Fire Marshal.

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    1. Ll says:

      That is so so sad. I hope the injured woman heals quickly. I am so sorry for such loss

    2. Sally F says:

      Very very sad. Electrical fires are so scary. Prayers for the families, friends, and fellow residents.

    3. abel says:

      Thank God more people were not burned

    4. Leslie DellaValle says:

      I am so very sorry my heart goes out to the family.i have lived here in the neighborhood for 25 years and I live in 55 west end ave across the street.may God watch over the family and deceased I will pray for all of you.my heart hurts so badly from this.

    5. Person says:

      Terrible. Keeping this family in my thoughts.