92-Year-Old Man Killed, 5 Injured in East Harlem Fire, Officials Say

By Nikhita Venugopal and Julie Shapiro  on December 14, 2012 2:30pm  | Updated on December 14, 2012 8:09pm

EAST HARLEM — A 92-year-old man was killed and five other people were hurt when a fire broke out at an East Harlem apartment building Friday afternoon, officials said.

The blaze started just after 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of 410 E. 120th St., near First Avenue, the FDNY said.

The elderly victim, identified by police as Fredrick Dursaibem, who lived on the first floor, was pronounced dead at the scene, firefighters and officials said.

Two other people in the building suffered minor injuries, as did three firefighters, the FDNY said. At least some of the injured were taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, the FDNY said.

Sixty firefighters from 12 units raced to the four-story building, officials said. Flames spread from the first floor up to the second, filling the building with smoke, firefighters on the scene said.

Firefighters got the blaze under control about 2:20 p.m., the FDNY said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but police said no criminality was suspected.

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