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Bronx fire leaves brothers dead, 3 firefighters hurt

Anthony Johnson reports from the scene of a deadly fire in Kingsbridge Heights
December 20, 2013 9:43:20 AM PST
Investigators say careless discard of smoking materials sparked adeadly late-night blaze in the Bronx that killed a pair of brothers and injured a group of firefighters.

The flames broke out around 10:30 p.m. Thursday inside a six-story apartment building at 2700 Grand Concourse in the Kingsbridge Heights section.

The fire was contained to one apartment, but the victims were unable to escape and were found in a back bedroom on the top floor. They have been identified only as a 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, both Hispanic. Their names are being withheld until their family is notified.

Three firefighters also suffered minor injuries battling the intense flames. Responders reportedly had a tough time getting water onto the fire and had to stretch hoses quite a distance.

Several residents were forced to evacuate down their fire escapes. Some tried to warn others before fleeing.

"I called out to my family first, and then I went to try and touch on the door," resident Stephanie Ortiz said. "But it was too hot. So I called on my other neighbors, got my brothers ready and headed downstairs."

Authorites say there were no working smoke detectors in the home.


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