Manhattan, NY – Woman Killed in Fatal Fire at Columbus Ave Apartment

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

Manhattan, NY (February 18, 2021) – Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, February 17, a woman was killed in a fatal fire in a Manhattan apartment.

According to police, the fire broke out at the Douglass House apartments at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and 101st Street. Fire crews found that the third floor of the apartment was engulfed in flames when they arrived. The blaze was contained to only one unit.

Paramedics and numerous other responders were present at the scene. A 72-year-old woman inside the apartment unit was located by fire crews underneath her bed. They confirmed that she was unconscious and unresponsive and pulled her free. She was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the fire.

The investigation into the circumstances of the fire continues.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Fatal Fires in New York 

Fires break out every day in the state of New York. In fact, New York is one of the top states for the highest amount of fires due to the fact that fires break out in inner cities every hour of the day. These incidents happen due to many different reasons in both residential and commercial areas. If you have lost somebody that you love in an unexpected fire, you may be feeling both helpless and alone. It is important that your family understands their options moving forward with a claim.

Nobody is ever fully prepared to face the reality that somebody closest to them has been taken from them prematurely due to a preventable New York fire. Two of the most common types of injuries that stem from fires and lead to fatalities include smoke inhalation and burn injuries. If you have suffered devastating losses due to a fire, it is crucial that you understand your options moving forward. See our proven track record of success representing those who have lost loved ones in fires at

Our skilled and compassionate attorneys at Miller, Montiel & Strano have aggressively fought to protect the rights of those who have lost loved ones in New York fires. We believe that you should never have to worry about how you will afford to pay the bills that pile up against you after you have lost someone you love. Our attorneys will assist you along the often-problematic path toward compensation for aspects like medical bills, funeral costs, and so much more. Please do not hesitate to contact a New York accident attorney at 516-484-4010 to find out what options are available for you.

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About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.