Woman killed in Queens fire

October 18, 2009 7:44:57 PM PDT
An early morning fire claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman in Queens.The two-alarm fire at an apartment building sent four people to the hospital. The woman was pronounced dead on arrival. She has been identified as Bianca Kuros.

Kuros, a construction safety inspector, made headlines this summer when she filed a $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit, claiming she had been groped and propositioned while working at a construction site.

The identities of the survivors have not been released, but they have been described as a 16-year-old girl, believed to be Kuros' daughter, as well as a 52-year-old man and a 50-year-old man. They are all listed in critical but stable condition.

The fire department responded just after 3 a.m. to the building on 71st Avenue, part of the Pomonok Housing Development, in Flushing.

The 6th-floor fire was under control about an hour later.

Four firefighters also suffered minor injures.

The cause is under investigation.

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