Elderly couple found dead in Bedford-Stuyvesant house fire

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a Brooklyn brownstone early Friday, the FDNY said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze that started around 3 a.m in a three-story brownstone at 222 Patchen Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

When crews arrived on scene, they found one person in their 70s on the third floor residence unresponsive. That person was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person in their 70s was found on the second floor of the home and was taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Firefighters later said it was an elderly couple who had passed away. A fire safety captain also said clunky old furniture made it very hard for the victims to make it out when the fire started, and hindered firefighters ability to enter the residence.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.