A two-alarm fire broke out at 55 Harrison Place in Bushwick, Brooklyn around 4:48 a.m. this morning. According to WCBS 2, one person, who was "one of two people trapped by flames on the second floor," died while "Four other people were injured; three with minor injuries and one with more serious injuries."
WABC 7, which says the building is located in East Williamsburg, reports, "The fire was labeled suspicious, based on the heavy amount of fire... Firefighters said the building was in 'very bad shape' and are investigating if it should have been inhabited." And a former resident told WCBS 2 that "he wasn't surprised at all by the fire, and he blamed the city for the building's deteriorated condition."
Currently, the FDNY is concerned about the building's stability now after the fire and it has contacted the Department of Buildings. There are a number of active violations for the building between 1993 and 2004, but they all involve the boiler.