Woman Dies, Several Firefighters Hurt After Blaze Rips Through NYC Home Amid Stifling Heat: Officials

By Tracie Strahan
Published at 5:40 AM EDT on Jul 2, 2018 | Updated at 11:43 AM EDT on Jul 2, 2018

A house fire early Monday morning in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn claimed the life of one woman. Tracie Strahan reports.

(Published Monday, July 2, 2018)
A fire that sent residents running from the burning Brooklyn home claimed the life of a woman.

A 67-year-old woman died after the blaze broke out in a home on East 49th Street in Flatlands around 1 Monday morning, police said. Esther Gee was rushed to an area hospital, but it was there where she was pronounced dead.

A chair lift on the stairs made it difficult for firefighters to put the blaze out and get to Gee who was on the second floor, the FDNY said. When firefighters got to her, she was unconscious and unresponsive.

Several firefighters suffered minor injuries and officials said the stifling heat made it even harder on them. Video from the scene shows those firefighters being treated inside an ambulance with oxygen masks on their faces.

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