1 dead in East Harlem NYCHA apartment fire: FDNY

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At least one person is dead after a fire broke out at an East Harlem apartment Sept. 18, 2021 (Citizen App)

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — At least one person is dead after a fire broke out at a New York City Housing Authority apartment building in Manhattan Saturday afternoon, police said.

Authorities were called to a kitchen blaze at an apartment in the East River Houses along 105th Street near FDR Drive just before 4:30 p.m., FDNY officials said.

About 20 FDNY units with 80 members responded to the 10-story building, fire officials said.

Video from Citizen App shows fire trucks at the scene with one truck ladder raised up to one of the building’s top floors.

The fire was deemed under control by 5:12 p.m.

A man, later identified as 18-year-old Jamel Martinez, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from an elevated location, authorities said.

Police sources said Martinez, who may have had mental health issues, set the kitchen on fire before jumping to his death.

No other injuries were reported.

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