FDNY: Smoking blamed in fatal high-rise fire in Far Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (WABC) -- Officials say smoking is to blame for a fatal fire at a high-rise apartment building in Queens.

The fire started just before 2:30 a.m. Monday on the 15th floor of the building on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway.

A 71-year-old woman who lived on the 15th floor was killed. Her identity has not yet been released.

A resident who lives on the 19th floor was treated for anxiety following the fire.

Authorities say a smoke alarm was not present.

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