Deadly fire engulfs 20th floor of Midtown highrise - KMSP-TV

Deadly fire engulfs 20th floor of Midtown highrise

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Daniel McClung, right. Michael Todd Cohen, left. Courtesy: Javier Morgado Daniel McClung, right. Michael Todd Cohen, left. Courtesy: Javier Morgado
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A fire at a Manhattan high-rise killed one person and left another critically injured.

Daniel McClung, 27, and his husband Michael Todd Cohen, 32, were found in the stairwell of the Strand building.

They were taken to a local hospital where McClung was pronounced dead. Cohen suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

The three-alarm fire which was reportedly sparked by a faulty Christmas tree wire broke out around 11 a.m. on Sunday on the 20th floor of the building at 43rd Street and 10th Avenue.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

Residents were told to stay in their apartments and open their windows.

But the message didn't get to everyone, including a family of four who walked about 40 floors to escape.

Seven other people and four fire fighters sustained minor injuries.  

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