1 dead, 7 hurt in Brooklyn apartment fire as arson suspected, police say

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An apartment door left open allowed a second alarm fire to burn through an apartment building in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, killing one person and injuring seven.

Police say a 30-year-old male is being questioned after he was seen lurking around the scene of the fire, however, no charges have been filed.

The fire broke out inside the East 95th Street building just before 4:55 a.m. Tuesday.

Two people jumped from the second floor to escape the flames and were found by firefighters

One resident died and another was seriously injured.

Five others, including a firefighter, were also being treated for less serious injuries.

They went to Brookdale University Hospital and Kings County Hospital.

About 20 residents were displaced in the fire.

The door to the fire apartment was left open, allowing the flames to spread.

The cause is under investigation -- arson is being investigated as a possible cause.

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