1 dead, 1 critical after fire at Plainview senior living complex

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Monday, February 19, 2024
1 dead, 1 critical after fire at Plainview senior living complex
Lucy Yang has the latest developments from Plainview.

PLAINVIEW, Long Island (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a fire at a Plainview senior apartment complex left an 84-year-old dead and a 74-year-old in critical condition Sunday morning.

At around 5 a.m., fire officials responded to a house fire at the Harmon Shepherd Hill Apartment Complex on Central Park Road, where officers say the saw smoke and flames shooting from the second floor roof.

Firefighters and officers evacuated several residents from the building.

Officials say an 84-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 74-year-old victim, who sustained burns, was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

"Our building filled up with smoke. We thought the fire was here. We didn't know fire was next door until we got out. I got everybody up out of bed, rang everybody's bell. It was very frightening. My windows are broken," said resident Regina Palumbo.

Several other residents were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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