5-year-old boy dead, adult woman critical in Bronx apartment fire

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
NYC apartment fire kills 5-year-old boy, injures adult woman
Joe Torres reports on the deadly fire in the Bronx.

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.

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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."

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There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, and the investigation is active and ongoing.


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