Elderly Woman Dies in Chelsea High-Rise Fire: FDNY

An elderly woman was killed in a fire at a high-rise building in Chelsea early Tuesday, fire officials say.

The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building at Seventh Avenue and West 28th Street shortly before 4:30 a.m., the FDNY says. It was brought under control a short time later.

Ramon Vargas, the superintendent of the building, said an 82-year-old woman who used a wheelchair lived in the apartment where the fire erupted.

He said she'd lived there since 1977. Her grandson lived with her, Vargas said, but was out getting her food from McDonald's when the flames broke out. He wasn't hurt.

No other injuries have been reported.

It's not clear how much of the building was affected in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two firefighters en route to the blaze were involved in a crash and were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the FDNY says. It's not clear if anyone else was injured in the crash.

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