Victim of Harlem Apartment Fire Identified as Young Indian Journalist

According to Indian officials, the man killed in a Harlem apartment building fire on Friday ( Feb. 23, 2024) was a 27-year-old Indian journalist.

Fazil Khan died in the fire on St. Nicholas Place, which injured eighteen others, and witnessed FDNY firemen heroically rescue individuals helplessly dangling from a window.

The Consulate General of India in New York City identified Khan and said it had contacted his family and friends.

“We continue to extend all possible assistance in repatriation of his mortal remains to India,” the consulate stated in a statement.

According to his LinkedIn page, Khan began his career as a reporter at CNN-News18 in Delhi before relocating to New York in 2020 and earning his journalism degree from Columbia University in 2021.

He formerly worked for the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit journalistic organization that covers inequality in education.

“We learned Saturday that The Hechinger Report’s data reporter Fazil Khan died in a fire in the New York City building where he lived,” the news organization said in a statement. “We are devastated by the loss of such a great colleague and wonderful person, and our hearts go out to his family. He will be dearly missed.”

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Fire officials confirmed that the terrible inferno was started by a lithium-ion battery in the six-story building around 2:15 p.m. and quickly spread through the halls, preventing people on higher floors from reaching the stairs.

Victim of Harlem Apartment Fire Identified as Young Indian Journalist

Three residents realized they had no way out and ran to the window, but there was no fire escape to escape to safety. This led to the FDNY performing a risky rope rescue.

According to police, these three were among five critically injured patients who were brought to the hospital.

One of the five, Khan, was declared dead at the hospital.

Four other people were hospitalized in stable condition. The FDNY reported that 18 people were treated for injuries.

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