Elderly Bronx Woman Dies After Oxygen Tank Gives Out While Climbing Stairs To High-Rise Home


A 73-year-old Bronx girl died Friday after her moveable oxygen respiratory tank gave out whereas she was trudging up 18 flights of stairs throughout an influence outage in her constructing, officers stated.

The girl, whose identification was not revealed, was only one ground away from reaching her residence on De Kruif Place within the sprawling Co-Op Metropolis advanced when her oxygen tank had emptied and she fell down the steps and collapsed round 2 p.m., in line with the NY Put up. The elevator within the girl’s 33-story constructing was not working after the ability outage that was first reported at round 10 a.m. on Friday, leaving hundreds of residents with out warmth, gentle, and water in buildings 1 via 8. The outage additionally knocked out service to the close by Dreiser Loop Purchasing Heart, in line with Co-Op Metropolis police.

The ability outage was brought on by a transformer fireplace within the constructing’s basement, with FDNY crews arriving to the scene simply after 10 a.m, and knocking out the flames in two hours.

Police imagine the ability outage was the explanation the the aged girl took the steps to her residence.

As utility crews and restore employees fanned throughout the constructing advanced to revive energy, constructing managers opened up neighborhood rooms, changing them into heating facilities so residents may keep heat whereas additionally powering up their gadgets.

Co-Op Metropolis known as the most important naturally occurring retirement neighborhood in America, largely populated by Bronxites age 65 and over.

“A few of them are sick, so I am hoping they’re being cared for correctly,” Asia Grey, a tenant in one of many impacted buildings, advised WABC-TV.

Based on a tweet posted by Co-Op Metropolis police, energy was totally restored on Saturday at 6 a.m.