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Woman, 52, killed in Bronx high-rise fire

Posted at 4:37 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 20:51:19-05

BELMONT, the Bronx – Authorities say a fire in a Bronx high-rise building killed a woman Saturday morning.

The blaze started around 9:30 a.m. on the 11th floor of a 31-story apartment on Southern Blvd in Belmont, FDNY said. The fire was extinguished less than hour later.

A 52-year-old woman was found unconscious due to smoke inhalation in a bedroom on the 11th floor, fire officials said. She later succumbed of her injuries, according to police.

"I knew the lady she was very kind," Courtney Scullala, a neighbor said. "She was sweet."

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.