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21-Year-Old Woman Dies in Washington Avenue Fire

The woman was 3-months pregnant, the Daily News reports.

12:26 p.m.: Outside the building, concerned friends and neighbors gathered in support as residents carried out clothing, photos and other items they could salvage.

On the ground a cardboard box held several candles, burning in memory of 21-year-old Choy "CC" Barrington. 

Those at the scene declined to discuss Barrington or the fire.

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A 21-year-old woman died in a fire this morning at 767 Washington Avenue between Sterling and St. Johns places, officials said.

The woman was on the top floor of the three-story building, where the fire began just before 3:27 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

The woman was found "unconscious and unresponsive" and pronounced dead at the scene, an NYPD spokeswoman said. The NYPD is waiting to notify her family before releasing her identity.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which was under control less than 30 minutes later, at  3:53 a.m., the FDNY spokesman said.

The Daily News is reporting that the 21-year-old woman, a cosmetology student and geriatric nurse named Choy "CC" Barrington, was three-months pregnant and smoking in bed before the blaze began.

"My baby is ashes," said Laurel Prince, 36, the baby's father, the Daily News reports.

vincent romero May 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
That's a real tragedy and it hurts more knowing that the Fire Dept. in just around the corner.

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