Overnight fire in NY Chinatown kills mom and son

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Two people are dead following an early morning fire at a Manhattan Chinatown apartment building.

It happened on Mulberry Street during a fifth-floor fire at about 3:50 a.m. Friday, reported ABC7.

Flames shot out the window as firefighters battled the blaze.

The New York Post reports the victims were a 91-year-old woman and her disabled 52-year-old son.

Police sources told the newspaper an overnight health aide had put the man to sleep at around 3 a.m. That aide managed to escape the flames.

Fire officials said to The Gothamist that “heavy clutter condition” slowed the effort to put out the fire. At least one firefighter suffered minor burns and two residents sustained minor injuries.

Patch reports there are a total of six injuries, including two firefighters. Among them was a firefighter who fell through a half-landing. The fire chief said an aging-stairwell became unstable during the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting with helping residents.

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