NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three relatives died overnight, after being pulled from an extra-alarm fire at an apartment building in Queens.
The fire broke out around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday inside a 9th floor unit of the LeFrak City apartment complex at the intersection of 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard. The blaze was later raised to a second alarm.READ MORE: Paterson, N.J. Doubling Down On Vaccination Efforts As Omicron Variant Inches Closer
“When we come in, they tell us everybody passed away,” said Emmanuel Geffrard, a relative of the victims.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Geffrard and her husband said they saw their family members just before the fire engulfed their apartment.
“We don’t believe it, because we don’t think that could be happening, because when we left, everybody was fine,” she said.
Napoleon Michel, 69; his wife, Louise Jean-Charles, 59; and a 37-year-old cousin, Nadia Donnay, were killed. They all lived together in the same apartment, officials said.
Instagram video from the scene showed flames raging from the apartment. People in other units said they smelled smoke and rushed to escape.