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Couple dead in luxury Manhattan high-rise blaze

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 22:22:23-05

MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan — Two people are dead after a fire broke out at a Manhattan high-rise building early Saturday.

A couple died in a blaze that swept through their luxury Manhattan high-rise apartment before dawn and sent massive flames shooting out the windows.

Authorities responded to the blaze on the ninth floor of a high-rise building along East 52nd Street and the FDR Drive shortly before 5:30 a.m.

Fire officials say the 85-year-old woman, identified as Mary Merow, was pronounced dead Saturday at the famed River House co-op on East 52nd Street. Her 89-year-old husband, John Merow, died of his injuries at the hospital.

Several firefighters were also injured in the blaze, fire officials said. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. One firefighter had minor injuries, and two other firefighters refused medical attention, according to fire officials.

The blaze was deemed under control in an hour’s time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The River House complex was built in 1931, with a 26-story tower. It's been home to notable residents including Henry Kissinger, Uma Thurman and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr.

Associated Press contributed to this report.