FDNY: Fire Controlled Quickly, But Bodies Found Burned Beyond Recognition

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A fire in the Bronx has left two people dead.

There is no word on what caused the fire at 2045 Story Ave., but a police crime scene unit and the medical examiner were on the scene, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

Investigators said the circumstances surrounding the fire seemed suspicious, 1001 WINS’ Carol D’Auria said. Firefighters said they had to break down the front door to get in, and after doing so, they found the back door had been left wide open.

The police presence also suggested that the fire was possibly set to cover up another crime, Diamond reported. Investigators were combing through the basement apartment.

“We heard banging against the wall. It sounded like somebody was fighting or something. They kept on banging at the wall,” neighbor Kim Williams told Diamond.

Williams said her daughter then smelled smoke.

When firefighters put the blaze out shortly before noon, they found two men on the bed burned beyond recognition.

In addition to the open back door, police said a third man who lived in the apartment was nowhere to be found.

Neighbors said the men had just moved in just three weeks ago.

Police are seeking the third roommate for questioning, Diamond reported.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the causes of death, police said.

The fire broke out shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday on the first floor of the building, according to the FDNY. About an hour later, the FDNY said crews had the blaze under control.

Neighbors told Diamond there was a lot of smoke coming from the apartment.

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