Two Octogenarians Die After Fire Breaks Out at NYC Luxury Building: FDNY - NBC New York

Two Octogenarians Die After Fire Breaks Out at NYC Luxury Building: FDNY

The fire broke out at River House, a co-op apartment building on East 52nd Street, early Saturday morning, the FDNY said

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    2 Dead in East Side High-Rise Fire

    An 85-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man died after a fire broke out at a luxury building in Manhattan, officials said. Ken Buffa reports.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019)

    What to Know

    • An 85-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man died after a fire broke out at a luxury building in Manhattan, officials said

    • The fire broke out on the ninth floor of River House, a co-op apartment building on East 52nd Street, early Saturday morning

    • A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the FDNY said

    An elderly couple died after a fire broke out at a luxury building in Manhattan, officials said. 

    The fire broke out in an apartment on the ninth floor of River House, a co-op apartment building on East 52nd Street, around 5 a.m. Saturday, police and the FDNY said. 

    Mary Merow, 85, was found unconscious with severe burns and pronounced dead at the scene, the NYPD said. 

    John Merow, 89, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

    A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the FDNY said. 

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

    John Merow was a senior counsel at the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, according to his LinkedIn page. 

    A number of celebrities and public figures have called River House their home over the years, including actress Uma Thurman and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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