NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two teenagers were arrested in video escaping a deadly fire early Thursday morning in East Village.
It happened around 7 a.m. at 118 D Avenue at the Jacob Riis House. The fire was extinguished for one apartment. CBS2 resident Leah Mishkin spoke to film the opening scene.
Footage captures bright orange flames inside a fourth-floor apartment. One by one, a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl climbed out of the window and helped each other cling to power poles.
Smoke continued to pour out the windows as the sirens got closer. Below, a crowd began to clear the area and a garbage truck was seen moving below the children.
The fire is getting bigger and bigger.
Two teenagers went down. Police said both were injured, but in stable condition.
Witness Justin Maltica said: “It was scary because they could have fallen.
Maltica said he watched it all from the window of his apartment in the building across the street.
“Me and another neighbor yelled for them to step aside and climb down. Everyone did their best,” said Maltica.
Officials said a man was found inside the apartment after the fire was extinguished. He died at the scene. A 46-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.
“They are my neighbors. They were very nice. We talk every morning,” said a woman named Shirley.
She said a family of four lived in the apartment where the fire broke out. The mother of two, she believes, was at the door, but couldn’t get out.
“So the fire, the police came and they had to break down the door,” Shirley said.
The FDNY The deceased man’s name has not yet been released.
“We are close to vacation and it hurts the family. It’s sad for them,” said neighbor Robert Martinez.
“This is the worst, worst thing I’ve ever seen,” Shirley said.
“My prayers go out to the family and hope that the children go away,” Maltica added.
According to the FDNY, several electric bicycles were found in the apartment, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
CBS2’s Leah Mishkin contributed to this report.