Harlem apartment fire: 2 dead, young children among several injured in blaze

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Deadly Harlem apartment fire

Firefighters on the scene of a deadly fire that ripped through a Harlem apartment building early Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, the FDNY said. (Citizen App)

HARLEM, Manhattan — Two people were killed, while a young girl and a newborn baby boy were among several hospitalized after fire ripped through a Harlem apartment building overnight, the FDNY said early Friday.

The fire broke out just after 1:30 a.m. Friday on the third floor of a five-story residential building on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, near West 112th Street, authorities said.

Over 100 firefighters from 25 units responded to battle the two-alarm blaze, fire officials said.

The FDNY said firefighters rescued a total of nine people from the building.

A 37-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation after being rushed to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at 2:40 a.m., officials said.

Police later identified her as Adianatou-Nene Korouma and said she lived in an apartment on the fourth floor, just one story above where the blaze started.

An 81-year-old man was also pronounced dead at a local hospital around 3:30 a.m., authorities said. He had not been identified, as of Friday afternoon.

A 4-year-old girl was severely burned and initially hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. Police later described her condition as “stable.”

The other three victims hospitalized included a 1-month-old boy, a 56-year-old woman and a 44-year-old woman, police said. The extent of their injuries was unclear.

One firefighter also suffered minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

Further details on the victims and their conditions had no been released.

The fire was placed under control just after 3 a.m., according to the FDNY, who said the cause of the fire was under investigation early Friday morning.

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