A New York City building was consumed with fire when two teenagers survived the fire by climbing out of a 4th-floor window.
The fire started Thursday morning around 7:15 a.m. in a public housing project in the city’s East Village neighborhood. An 18-year-old female climbed out of the window first followed by a 13-year-old boy, both teens slid to safety down a pole on the outside of the building.
Authorities are investigating the fire’s origin, including several electric bicycles found in an apartment. Tashaka Owens, a neighbor said things would have worked out differently had it not been for the pole outside of their window.
“They were about to jump out the window, but everyone kept telling them, ‘Hold on! Hold on!’ So when they held on, they got onto the side of the pole, and they started sliding down … and those kids, they made it down,” Owens said.
The teens suffered minor injuries and were treated for burns and smoke inhalation, then released. A 32-year-old man died and a 46-year-old woman suffered severe injuries, and four others had mild injuries as a result of the fire.