A fire in Brooklyn claimed the life of an elderly woman and left several others injured. Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Oleg Dubrovsky shows reporters burns on his hands he got while trying to pull 82-year-old Feyga Geyman from a fire in her Brighton Beach apartment.
"On the left and side there was a lady, an older lady she was burning alive she was asking me for my help, I couldn't save her because the smoke was too deep,” said Dubrovsky.
The blaze broke out in the early morning hours, startling Dubrovsky and other residents of 31-11 Brighton 7th Street.
"2:30 am, my grandmother woke me up out of the bed, she said there is alarm going off in whole building, so I put my jacket on and told her to get all the documents in the house and we ran downstairs," said Dubrovsky.
It took 75 firefighters to battle the flames and heavy smoke that overcame Geyman as neighbors and a home attendant tried desperately to save her.
“The home attendant was trying to go back inside so I pulled her out, she burned her hair. Then I got on my knees, I was trying to crawl and grab the lady and it was already too late because the ceiling was going down,” said Dubrovsky.
After firefighters put out the flames, Geyman was found dead.
Several others were injured, including Geyman's 85-year-old husband, who was transferred to Staten Island University North Hospital for burns to his hands.
"We have nine civilian injuries, one fatal and two firefighter injuries, minor," said FDNY Deputy Chief Andrew DiPadova.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but sources tell New York One it appears to be electrical.