FDNY: 1 dead, 2 injured during 'suspicious' Soundview house fire
Fire officials said a person died and two others were injured in a house fire in Soundview Sunday afternoon.
They said they consider the two-alarm fire on Evergreen Avenue suspicious.
The FDNY confirmed that one person was found dead inside the house when they arrived. They also confirmed two other individuals fled from the home. Those two persons were treated for minor injuries, which included smoke inhalation and burns.
The FDNY responded to the fire at 1211 Evergreen Ave. just before 2 p.m. They said the fire was extensive on the first and second floors of the home. It took over an hour for 25 units and 106 firefighters to get the fire under control.
Ibrehima Magassouba lived in the home for three years. He said he was alerted to the fire after he heard people running.
"I opened my door and saw a lot of smoke coming. So I went to my bathroom to try to put it out, so I had to save myself and open my door and run away," Magassouba said.
Another tenant who asked to not be shown on camera said she was sleeping at the time of the fire.
"I heard someone shouting and then I went through the door. The smoke was so thick that I couldn't see or couldn't breathe. And then I ran back in and busted the bedroom window," she said.
Magasouba, who was then outside, helped her climb down to safety.
The tenants whom News 12 spoke with said several different people occupied the home, living in different rooms. Many of them are of African descent.
While the cause of the fire remained unknown as of Sunday night, they described a home that had no heat and relied on the use of space heaters in the winter.
The displaced tenants connected with the Red Cross on Sunday night for help in finding shelter.
They credited their fight or flight response for getting them out to safety.
The fire department said the fire was suspicious due to the heavy flames upon arrival and because they could not determine any obvious cause. The fire marshal is investigating the fire.