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Grandmother Dies Days After Fire Kills Baby in Brooklyn

CBS 2 - December 18, 2016

by CBS News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The grandmother of a 1-year-old boy who was killed in a fire earlier this week in Brooklyn has also died.

Borough President Eric Adams identified the woman on Twitter Friday as Alexandra Melo, grandmother of 1-year-old Ivan Paez.

Paez died in the fire Wednesday, which broke out inside an apartment on the 13th floor of the Howard Houses on Mother Gaston Boulevard.

Five others inside the apartment, including an 8-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were all taken to the hospital.

“We should not lose any Brooklynite to a fire,” Adams said on Twitter, adding that his office will continue with fire safety outreach across the borough.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but investigators said it started in the kitchen.