22-year-old autistic man killed in East Oak Lane blaze

Posted: April 04, 2013

A 22-YEAR-OLD autistic man was killed in an East Oak Lane fire late Tuesday after he ran back into the burning building, authorities said early Wednesday.

The family who lived in the house, on 12th Street near 66th Avenue, had been agonizing since shortly after the fire erupted about 9:32 p.m., as authorities  searched for the man, whom a woman at scene called Andre.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers confirmed about 12:30 a.m.  that the man had been found in a second-floor bedroom of the house, which partially collapsed.

Earlier, a woman at the scene cried as she asked police if they had found the man. She told police that the house is her mother’s, and said Andre was her foster brother.

Ayers said two women were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center with unspecified injuries.

Officials said the fire also damaged another house on the block.

Firefighters had the one-alarm blaze under control about 10:30 p.m. Flames started spilling out of the roof again about 12:30 a.m.

There was no word on what might have caused the fire.


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