Fire officials say blaze that killed two in Parkchester was deliberately set
A two-alarm fire, which fire marshals say was deliberately set with an accelerant, claimed the lives of two people in Parkchester. The fire broke out at 1437 Glover Street in a second floor hallway of the three-story apartment building just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. A total of 10 people were taken to area hospitals, including one firefighter. Officials say two people who were brought to the hospital experiencing cardiac arrest later died. One adult and one child were taken away from the scene, as they too were experiencing cardiac arrest. Several residents had to be treated for smoke inhalation, burns and fractures after they were forced to jump from the building to a canopy in the street. Fire officials are now investigating whether an incident involving someone throwing flammable liquid down the stairs in the building last month is connected to this recent fire.
Meanwhile, a fire truck on the way to the fire was involved in an accident at the intersection of White Plains Road and Westchester Avenue in Parkchester. That accident sent numerous people to the hospital, including a 76-year-old woman and six firefighters. All are listed in stable condition.
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