Man found stabbed, another found bound in 2 of 3 fatal fires in NYC

Billie Rama
January 20, 2020 - 3:10 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three men died in separate fires around the city, and officials say two of those fires are suspicious.

A house that under construction burned in Queens Village overnight.

Authorities found a body inside. The victim had been bound, police said.

The home has been under construction since the summer. There is a fence around the property and a worker named Glen told 1010 WINS' reporter Carol D'Auria he has no idea how anyone would get into the property.

A fatal fire in Brooklyn has also been labeled suspicious.

In that fire, the body of a man was found in the lobby of the burning four-story apartment house on Adelphi Street in Fort Greene.

Sources tell 1010 WINS there was trauma to the man's neck and chest.

The Daily News says the victim was a man named Antonio Litman. Neighbors considered him to be mayor of the block. He was also head of a charity that provided toys to poor children.

Neighbors said Litman made his money in the shipping industry and served on the board of the State University of New York's Maritime Museum.

Litman was stabbed in the neck, according to the Daily News report.

In the Bronx, an 85-year-old man died in a high-rise fire in Co-Op City. His 45-year-old-daughter suffered smoke inhalation. She is listed in stable condition.

Family members identified him as Bernard Edwards, a retired New York City police officer.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious.