Harlem, NY (May 8, 2019) – Around 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8th, a serious fire broke out in an apartment that tragically resulted in the deaths of two adults and four children. The devastating blaze occurred inside of a fifth-floor apartment at the Frederick Samuel Houses located on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.
At this time, investigators are exploring the possibility that a stove burner may have caused the fire as the flames appear to have broken out inside the kitchen area of the apartment. Firefighters among medical crews and other responders arrived at the scene, where they found the bodies of the six deceased victims.
The two adult victims have been identified as Andrea Pollidore, 45, and her step-brother Mac Abdularaulph, 33. Pollidore’s four children have been identified as Nakiyra, 11, Andre, 8, Brooklyn, 6, and Ellijah, 4. Three other people were also reported to have suffered injuries.
Authorities believe the cause of the fire was purely accidental. The investigation continues at this time.
We would first like to extend our deepest condolences and warmest thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of the victims during this absolutely devastating and tragic time. Unfortunately, many fires and explosions in New York prove to be fatal, and our hearts break for the family members, neighbors, friends, and other loved ones of the victims as they attempt to cope with the aftermath of this incident.
After such a disturbing event, it is important to understand that as the bereaved family, you may have the right to be compensated in the event that your suffering was caused by the actions of another party. At Hach & Rose, we are passionate about easing the burdens for the members of our community as much as possible, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you have lost a loved one in a New York fire or explosion, please call 212-779-0057 today.
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