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95-year-old woman killed in Brooklyn house fire, despite daughter’s efforts to free her from the flames

A bedridden 95-year-old woman died in a Brooklyn house fire Saturday despite her daughter’s efforts to free her from the flames, the FDNY and witnesses said.

Anna Bartheleny was killed in the two-alarm blaze that erupted in the basement apartment of her home on E. 93rd St. near Avenue K in Canarsie about 3 p.m., the FDNY and witnesses said.

Esther Benoit, the nonagenarian’s daughter, who lives a floor above her mom’s apartment, tried in vain to rescue her from the fire.

“The smoke was so bad, I couldn’t even see where to put my feet,” Benoit said.

Firefighters at the scene on Saturday in Canarsie.
Firefighters at the scene on Saturday in Canarsie. (Kendall Rodriguez for New York Daily News)

 

Moments before smoke started rising from the basement, Benoit said she heard a loud pop — she believes it was the sound of her mother’s 65-inch television exploding.

“She was too sweet to die like that,” the daughter said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze about 4 p.m., according to the FDNY.

Benoit and a firefighter suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention.

Hours later, Benoit — a retired nurse — was still outside the house, waiting for emergency workers to bring out her mother.

“I’m not going anywhere. I want to see her face,” she said.

Esther Benoit (center) survived but could not save her mother.
Esther Benoit (center) survived but could not save her mother. (Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News)

 

Benoit said her mother moved into the house about five years ago as her health waned in old age.

Bartheleny was a dedicated churchgoer who sang in the choir. Her razor-sharp memory helped her recall the lyrics to any song, her daughter said.

FDNY fire marshals will determine the cause of the blaze.

source: nydaily

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