A woman who died in a Queens fire yesterday was reportedly due in federal court today for a hearing in a sexual harassment suit.
Police identified the victim as Bianca Kuros, 44, seen above.
According to published reports, the victim is better known as Bianca Wisniewski, a construction safety coordinator suing JP Morgan Chase and her own firm for sexual harassment.
Wisniewski reportedly claimed that an elevator operator at a construction site had harassed her in 2007 and that after she filed her complaint she was replaced by a male safety coordination.
Neighbors who have known Wisniewski and her two teen daughters for years say she was a good person.
"They were a nice Polish family, quiet, they really kept to themselves," said neighbor Eileen Ramos. "We spent a couple of Christmases down here, had a couple of parties. She was a great, great person."
According to the New York Post, Wisniewski was due in federal court today for a hearing in her case.
Investigators say the fire in Flushing was not suspicious, but they are still determining the cause of the fire. More than 100 firefighters were needed to contain the flames in the chilly temperatures.
"I started knocking on the door but when I knocked on the door I realized the door was hot, so at that time I realized there was a fire inside the apartment," said neighbor Rickey Burrus.
Three other people were also seriously injured, including Wisniewski's 16-year-old daughter.
A 17-year-old daughter of Wisniewski was not at the apartment at the time of the fire.
Four firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The Red Cross is also helping one displaced family find housing.