The elderly couple, 85 and 89, murdered when their luxury apartment block in Manhattan went up in flames in the early morning
- The fire started in the luxurious apartment of the older couple at about 5 am Saturday
- The woman, 85, turned out not to respond and was declared dead on the spot
- Her husband, 89, was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries
- The authorities said that the approximately 12 rooms of the apartment were full of smoke
- Video of the incident shows that fire shoots from the windows of the apartment
- Three firefighters received minor injuries and were admitted to the hospital
Maxine Shen for Dailymail.com
An elderly couple died after a fire erupted on their floor in a luxury co-op building in New York City early Saturday morning.
Authorities said the fire began at about 5 am on the ninth floor of the River House, a cooperative on the east side that was famous for having housed celebs including Uma Thurman and Henry Kissinger and reportedly Diane Keaton, Richard Nixon and Joan Crawford among others had rejected.
Video of the fire reveals flames that illuminate the night sky while they jump out of two windows.
An elderly couple was killed when a fire erupted in their apartment on the ninth floor in Manhattan's River House, a luxury co-op building, around 5 am, according to the authorities.
The police said an 85-year-old woman was found unresponsive with severe burns and was declared dead on the spot, while her 89-year-old husband was rushed to the hospital where he was later injured, according to NBC New York . .
Neither of these victims has already been mentioned.
The fire would have filled the dozens of rooms with smoke, but was contained within the walls of the apartment.
& # 39; You have a fire on the top floor and a building outside the river, and the windows are already outside, so you have enough wind and air to add fuel to the fire, & # 39; said FDNY Deputy Chief James Coyne while describing the fire according to ABC 7.
The fire seemed to be enclosed in the older couple's apartment with between 10 and 12 rooms, all of which were filled with smoke
Manhattan's River House, a luxurious co-op building that is popular with celebrities
The authorities are investigating the cause of the fire in the Art Deco building.
Three firefighters were taken to hospital with minor injuries sustained during fire extinguishing.
The regal River House complex was built in 1931, with a 26-storey tower and two 15-storey wings. The current prices for apartments range from about $ 3 million to $ 14 million, according to the Street Easy real estate database.