The body of a 46-year-old man was found in the stairwell of a Bronx apartment building where a fire broke out last night. The blaze, which the Fire Department deems "suspicious", either started in the lobby or on the top floor of the five-story structure at 169th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Mount Eden section. A resident who managed to get out said, "It was like hell -- fire and smoke and people screaming everywhere."
Numerous people were injured as they rushed to flee the building—one jumped from a window and an elderly woman fell two stories from a fire escape. A neighbor who helped two kids from the second floor told the Post, "We just told them to come down and they jumped instead," and he was able to catch them.
Another tenant said to the Daily News, "I'm grateful I got out of there alive. We were watching TV and we saw black smoke all over my ceiling. We panicked. I'm really worried." Over 120 people were displaced and the Red Cross is sheltering 30-40 families.