MELROSE, Bronx (WABC) -- A 5-year-old boy died and an adult woman is in critical condition after an apartment fire in the Bronx Monday morning.
The flames broke out around 9:30 a.m. in a fifth-floor apartment on East 153rd Street in the Melrose Houses.
Authorities say the child, identified as Billay Jagana, suffered smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital.
The other victim, a 38-year-old woman believed to be Jagana's mother, is in critical condition also at Lincoln Hospital.
Officials have not released details on their relationship, but a man at the scene told Eyewitness News that the child was his nephew.
"Nothing yet, I don't have no clue right now," Saikou Jagana said. "I was on the job site. One of my relatives called me. They say my brother's apartment had a fire. That's why I'm here."
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, which took about 45 minutes to contain.
"I am deeply sorry, especially a little kid at this age, he is an angel," said Muhammadou Sillah, the victim's in-law. "I asked God to bless him."
There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, and the investigation is active and ongoing.
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