From the Daily News:
A fire that started in a basement of a Brooklyn home killed one person Monday afternoon, FDNY said.
The FDNY responded to an all-hands blaze at 909 57th St. at 1:34 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.
Responders found one person dead inside the structure, the spokesman said.
FDNY found an illegal conversion in the cellar. It's been on file since 1990 with no action taken.
I suppose this poor soul's death is simply looked as at "collateral damage" by the city.