65-Year-Old Man Dies in Bronx Fire, Wife Escapes

The victim's wife survived by getting down a fire escape, but she and a firefightered suffered minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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65-Year-Old Man Dies in Bronx Fire, Wife Escapes

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Firefighters found a man unresponsive in a home after responding to reports of a fire in the Bronx early Friday.

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A 65-year-old man died in a Bronx apartment fire early Friday.

Firefighters reached the apartment on East 234th Street at about 1 a.m. but found the door locked. When they managed to break in, they discovered Tyril Royer unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Royer's wife had managed to get out down the fire escape, though she and one firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

No other residents were in the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters said the apartment was packed with trash, old newspapers and other items.

The investigation is ongoing.

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