Saturday, May 14, 2011
2 more deaths due to illegal conversion
From the Daily News:
A ferocious three-alarm blaze tore through a Brooklyn boarding house Friday night - killing two men who couldn't escape the illegally subdivided building, officials said.
The roaring flames inside the three-story Covert St. building in Bushwick were too overwhelming for Gregory Atkinson, 44, who tried to climb out of his window shortly after the fire flared about 9:15 p.m., officials and family said.
Atkinson passed out from the choking smoke and plummeted three stories to his death in the courtyard below.
Firefighters found the charred body of another man on the building's top floor. Neighbors identified the dead man as Frank Edwards, 56.
The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known, but sources said that investigators suspect a hot plate may have sparked the blaze.