Fire at Problem-Plagued Upper West Side SRO Sends One to Hospital

By Jess Wisloski on December 30, 2012 1:48pm 

 The SRO called the Narragansett Hotel, where a fire on December 30 sent one woman to the hospital in serious condition, fire officials said.
The SRO called the Narragansett Hotel, where a fire on December 30 sent one woman to the hospital in serious condition, fire officials said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A woman was sent to the hospital in serious condition Sunday following a fire that broke out in a troubled SRO on Broadway and West 93nd Street, hotel workers and fire officials said.

The fire marshall was still investigating the cause of the fire at the Narragansett Hotel, which erupted at 3:52 a.m. on the fourth floor of the single-room occupancy building, officials said.

The elderly victim was rushed to to New York Hospital, fire officials said.

The 2508 Broadway fire was under control at 4:26 a.m., and no other injuries were reported, the FDNY said.

A front desk worker at the Narragansett Hotel, where a 56-year-old resident was stabbed to death by another resident in July, said he was not allowed to speak to press, and referred inquiries to the building's management company Sunday. 

Calls to Housing Services Inc., a Park Avenue-based firm, where not immediately returned.

Traditionally home to low-income tenants, SRO buildings are also sometimes used by city agencies to house the homeless or others who need special services, such as people with substance abuse or mental health problems.

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