Smoke inhalation claimed the life of a Rego Park woman after a fire broke out inside an apartment building late on Saturday night, law enforcement sources reported.
Police said the blaze ignited at about 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 12 on the fifth floor of the Austin Towers located at 87-30 62nd Ave.
Firefighters who responded to the scene found Anna Latek, 51, inside a fifth-floor apartment apparently suffering from smoke inhalation. They pulled her from the home and transferred her to paramedics, who rushed her to Elmhurst Hospital, where she died.
Three other residents of the apartment house were also rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in stable condition after suffering smoke inhalation, police said.
Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control. FDNY Marshals are now looking into the cause of the blaze.