Elderly woman killed in East Village fire

April 17, 2013 2:41:10 AM PDT
One person died in a fire that shot heavy flames out the window of an East Village apartment building early Wednesday.

The fire started in the elderly victim's fifth-floor bedroom inside the 4th Avenue building just after midnight.

Firefighters put the fire out very quickly, but they made the tragic discovery once the flames were extinguished.

The 84-year-old woman was found unconscious in the apartment. Firefighters tried to revive her but were unsuccessful.

The fire, at a building known as the Petersfield, was under control just before 1 a.m. The cause is under investigation, but the fire is not believed to be suspicious.