NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a frightening scene last July, with tenants jumping off a Bronx fire escape on E. 163rd St. after an electrical fire sent huge flames and suffocating smoke pouring out the windows.
And 99-year-old Saturnina Castillo thought her life was over.
“I was there in my room and had basically given up, thinking that the world was going to end,” said Castillo through a translator to CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez. “I thought I was going to end up there burned alive.”
Firefighters rescued Castillo from the second floor apartment where she has lived for more than 40 years, right above the unit where the fire started.
Nearly a dozen people sufferd injuries and several families were left without a home after the fire. Castillo’s apartment was severely damage, with the floors, wall and ceiling all needing to be replaced.
The city ordered Castillo out of her home until her landlord, Hiram…
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