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Ridgewood woman dies in fire

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

An elderly Ridgewood woman was killed on Monday when a fire erupted inside the first floor of a two-story residential building.

According to authorities, police responded to a 911 call of a fire at 18-68 Himrod St. around 10:30 a.m. and discovered 92-year-old Maria Tchinkel unconscious and unresponsive inside the residence.

She was transported by paramedics to Wyckoff Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, authorities said.

The FDNY was able to extinguish the blaze in approximately 30 minutes and the investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing, authorities said.

According to published reports, the fire began in the kitchen of Tchinkel’s home and trapped her in a rear bedroom.

When firefighters reached her, she was in cardiac arrest and was administered CPR before being transported to the hospital.

Reports also said that two other people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

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