Man jumps to his death trying to escape Brooklyn apartment fire
A man jumped to his death from a third-floor window while trying to escape violent flames that erupted inside his Brooklyn apartment building early Monday, according to witnesses and officials.
The man climbed out the window and “pushed himself out to save himself,” as the two-alarm blaze tore through the three-story building on Nostrand Avenue near Clarendon Road in East Flatbush at around 4 a.m., a witness said.
“An older guy was sitting on the window sill with his legs hanging outside,” the witness, Ebone Raysor, 28, who lives next-door said. “He had to do what he had to do because the fire was progressing so fast.”
Raysor said the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, plunged out the window and hit the awning of a ground-floor business before hitting the pavement.
“He fell flat and I heard two loud ‘thunks,’” Raysor said. “It was a pretty hard floor from all the way up there and he was an older guy.”
Medics rushed the man to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“It was a horrible thing to see,” added Raysor.
Another witness, Judith Pollidor, 48, who runs a business next-door called the victim “a nice man” who lived alone.
“He jumped out and he fell on his face. His head hit the floor. He had no chance,” Pollidor said. “I just saw him on Saturday, and then he passed away like that. It’s very sad.”
Seven others, including a police officer, were injured as a result of the fire, authorities said. They were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.