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87-year-old woman dies in fire at Upper West Side senior home

Posted at 4:04 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 05:15:38-05

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan – An 87-year-old woman died in a fire inside her Upper West Side apartment early Thursday, police said.

It started on a fifth floor apartment of the Phelps House on Columbus Ave. around 1:15 a.m., authorities say.

Upon the arrival and extinguishment by firefighters, an 87-year-old woman was found, unconscious and unresponsive in her bed, police said. EMS responded to the location and pronounced her dead at the scene.

No word on what triggered the fire, but fire crews tell PIX11 she may have been smoking on her bed. The investigation is ongoing.

Phelps House provides affordable housing for older adults and people with mobility impairments, according to its website.