Two adults and a child were killed in a suspicious fire that engulfed a Bronx building early Monday.
When firefighters arrived at the scene after the 5:42 a.m. call, the second and third floors of the Soundview building were engulfed in flames. The three who died were identified by authorities as second floor resident Annetta Isaac, 71, and third floor residents John Debro, 73, and Jahvonte Smith, 12.
Samuel Lewis, who lives in the building next door, said he woke up to the smell of smoke, and ran downstairs to see what was going on.
“We came outside, and people were on the roof. We helped them down. The little boy, we helped him down,” said Lewis. “We brought a ladder to help the other lady, but it was too late.”
Two firefighters were transported to Jacobi Hospital for smoke inhalation. The adjacent buildings were also damaged. The dead adults were a man and a women, both in their 60s.
Two firefighters were taken to Jacobi hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The cause is still under investigation after the fire was deemed suspicious. The buildings on either side were also damaged.
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