Murray Hill senior found dead after fire in his apartment

By Alex Robinson

A 63-year-old man was found dead after a fire broke out in his basement apartment Friday morning, the FDNY said.

More than 60 firefighters rushed to the 159th Street building in Murray Hill to put out the fire, which started just before 6 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said.

After the flames were extinguished, police said they found the unidentified man lying unconscious with severe trauma and burns to his body.

He was rushed to New York Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The NYPD have not yet identified the man because his family had not been contacted as of Friday afternoon.

The Fire Department have not determined a cause of the fire yet and would not say whether they were treating it as suspicious. The investigation as to what sparked the fire was still ongoing, the FDNY said.

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