Manhattan high-rise blaze leaves two dead
NEW YORK — An elderly Manhattan couple died in a blaze that engulfed their luxury highrise apartment before dawn Saturday and sent flames roaring out the windows.
Investigators suspected cigarette smoking in bed may have caused the fire at the River House co-op on East 52nd Street.
An 85-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 89-yearold husband died later of his injuries. Three firefighters were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.