An 83-year-old designer of popular office chairs is dead after an early morning fire Tuesday in Queens.
Charles Pollock was found in his South Jamaica home, located at 115-59 157th Street, after the fire broke out in the basement.
He lived on the first floor.
His upstairs neighbors said they were unable to save him.
"I opened the door and I saw fire and black smoke everywhere, so I closed the door immediately, and that's when my mom called 911," said resident Naomi Ebouki.
Pollock was raised in Michigan and came to New York to attend the Pratt Institute.
His first chair was introduced in 1963 and is still in production.
He was featured in the New York Times last year when he began designing again.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.