A man was killed in a Brooklyn fire on New Year’s Day that officials are now calling suspicious, reports said.
The blaze started around 2:30 p.m. at an apartment building located at 440 Jefferson Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to police.
It reportedly took 40 minutes to put out the flames, as a “dramatic rescue scene,” unfolded, according to ABC New York. One man was hanging off a ledge yelling for help, and several residents had to be rescued by ladder.
After extinguishing the blaze, one resident, Michael Floyd, 56, was found in a 3rd floor apartment and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A firefighter also suffered minor injuries, reports said.
According to officials, “heavy fire in the stairwell between the second and third floors, as well as the size of fire in the middle of the day makes the fire ‘suspicious,’" NBC New York stated.
The cause is still under investigation.