A 91-year-old woman is dead and multiple others are injured after a three-alarm fire tore through a Bronx apartment building early Wednesday, officials said.
Nearly 150 fire and EMS personnel responded to the blaze at the six-story building on Park Avenue in Morrisania shortly before 5 a.m. The FDNY said the fire was reported in a second-floor apartment, though it's not yet clear how it started.
Fire officials said that the first-arriving firefighters couldn't initially hook up to a fire hydrant outside the building because of a car parked in front of it overnight. The blaze was declared under control shortly after 6:30 a.m.
The FDNY initially reported 12 injuries, three of them critical and the rest, including one firefigher, mostly minor.
The NYPD later said one of the critical, a 91-year-old woman identified as Luz Marina Santos, died at the hospital. An 80-year-old man is in critical condition and a 54-year-old man is in serious but stable condition.
FDNY fire marshals later ruled that the fatal fire was accidental in nature, an electrical fire that was sparked due to an electric scooter being charged.
As many as 20 families were displaced by the blaze, with the Red Cross assisting with temporary housing and emergency financial assistance for some.
The incident is still under investigation.