Woman, 81, killed in early morning Crown Heights fire


An elderly woman is dead after a fire breaks out inside a Brooklyn apartment building early Thursday morning.

It happened around 1:15 a.m. inside a four-story brownstone located at 1347 Pacific Street in Crown Heights.

Gertrude Duncan, 81, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She lived with her daughter on the first floor, where the fire started.

A 49-year-old was sent to the hospital to treat burns on her hands.

It took crews nearly 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

No word yet on what caused it.

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