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86-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Bathroom After Fire Tears Through Upper East Side Apartment

The fire was contained to the woman's apartment; a firefighter suffered a minor injury but no one else was hurt

What to Know

  • A woman was found dead in a third floor Upper East Side apartment after a fire ripped through the building early Friday
  • The fire broke out in the building on First Avenue; it was contained to the dead woman's apartment, authorities say
  • A firefighter also suffered a minor injury; no residents of the building were displaced by the blaze

An 86-year-old woman was found dead in the bathroom of her one-bedroom Manhattan apartment after a fire tore through it early Friday, officials say.

Flames broke out on the third floor of the Upper East Side apartment on First Avenue apartment around 5:30 a.m., according to the FDNY.

Authorities say the fire was out quickly and the woman, identified by police as Audrey Bergensten, was the only civilian victim. The fire was contained to her home; a cause is under investigation.

No one in the building was displaced. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.

The deadly fire came less than two days after six people, including four young children, died when a blaze ripped through their fifth-floor apartment in Harlem.

Investigators say that fire started in the kitchen, apparently sparked by a stove burner that had been left in the "on" position overnight. 

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