Man, teen killed in fatal Bronx apartment fire

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THROGS NECK, the Bronx — A man and a teenager were killed after a fire broke out at a Bronx building Sunday afternoon, FDNY said.

Neighbors say the victims were a father and his daughter.

Around 12:12 p.m., fire officials received a call about a fire that started on the fourth floor of the seven-story building in the Throggs Neck Houses along Dewey Ave.

Cyrano Butler said he saw smoke coming from the building and called 911. He and a friend knocked on doors and told people to get out.

Butler is devastated he wasn't able to save everyone.

"When I seen them pull his daughter out, it's a tragedy. I knew something wasn't right," Butler said.

Butler described the male victim as a family man.

"Just of the two them, they was inseparable. My heart goes out to the family," he said.

Twelve fire units and 60 firefighters arrived at the building to battle the blaze.

Officials found Nelson Rojas, 62, and Yolanda Rojas, 13, unconscious and unresponsive in one of the apartments.  They were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

"It's a shame because she was a sweet child, she was a very sweet child," one resident said. "Everyone's in a state of shock right now."

At least one firefighter suffered injuries.

The fire was under control within an hour. It was started by an electric plate near some bedding.

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