Two firefighters killed, four injured fighting blaze in Morris Heights

Two firefighters were killed and four were injured while fighting a blaze in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx Sunday morning.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the six firefighters were searching for occupants on the fourth floor when they became trapped and had to jump out the window of a building on East 178th Street. Lieutenant Curtis Meyran, 46, of Battalion 26 and 37-year-old firefighter John Bellew of Ladder 27 were both killed.

Fire officials say they encountered a few obstacles while fighting the fire, including a frozen fire hydrant. An initial investigation of the blaze shows it was likely caused by faulty wiring inside a third floor apartment. Displaced residents of the building had to wait in the cold for the Red Cross to help them.

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