According to authorities, an elderly woman from Manhattan died in a fire that engulfed her apartment in the early hours of Friday.
The FDNY received a report at 12:35 a.m. that smoke was emanating from a second-floor apartment in a building located on E. 31st St. near Park Ave. South in Kips Bay.
Upon arrival, emergency responders pronounced the woman deceased at the location. At present, her identity has not been made public.
“She was quiet and didn’t go anywhere since her husband died last summer,” said Boris Sufayed, who owns a barber shop next to the fire scene.
Sufayed said the woman’s husband died last summer. “He went to the hospital and he never came back.”
“She was a good lady. She was quiet. She smoked a lot — 90% of the time, she was smoking.”
The structure, which has five floors, has retail establishments situated on the ground level, while the residential units are situated above. Authorities stated that the fire does not seem to be suspicious and that the woman who lost her life may have succumbed to smoke inhalation.