Last night a fire killed a woman at the Harlem apartment complex that's home to many politicians including Gov. Paterson and Rep. Charles Rangel. Firefighters found the 50-year-old victim lying dead on the bathroom floor of her 16th floor apartment, according to the Daily News. They said she was hard to reach because her living space was cluttered with junk, what they called "Collyers' mansion" conditions (referring to the famous booby-trapped Harlem house where two pack-rat brothers died among over 100 tons of stuff including books, newspapers, trash and clocks).
Both officials live in different buildings of the Lenox Terrace development, located on W.132nd Street. No word on whether Paterson or Rangel were around at the time of the fire, which started at 10:45 p.m. and was under control by 11:19 p.m. An investigation is underway, though the fire is not considered suspicious.