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Fire in East New York leaves two women dead.

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FDNY operating at a fire in East New York that left two women dead
FDNY operating at a fire in East New York that left two women dead. PHOTO: FDNY.

East New York, Brooklyn- A fire that broke out early this morning—sparked by an unattended electric heater—left two women dead on the third floor a building, according to officials.

The blaze started at around 1:30 AM, in a deli that was on the ground floor of a four-story residential building located at 964 Belmont Ave.

FDNY officials stated that although there were smoke alarms on the third floor, they were not working.

Smoke alarms on the second-floor of the building sounded, allowing all residents on the floor to safely escape, according to officials.

“Carless leaving that unattended electric heater, and the lack of a working smoke alarm, cost two people their lives,” FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated at a press conference.

FDNY operating at a fire in East New York that left two women dead
FDNY operating at a fire in East New York that left two women dead. PHOTO: FDNY.

According to FDNY Chief John Esposito, the fire went to three alarms—bringing about 133 firefighters to the scene—before finally being brought under control.

Two civilians and three firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Later in the morning, personnel from the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit set up a table at a Key Food located two blocks away from where the fire occurred; members of the unit handed out informational pamphlets and answered resident’s questions.