A Staten Island woman was found dead in her home on Saturday after neighbors had alerted authorities about a possible fire coming from inside her house.
Fire fighters rushed to the residence of Irma Galino on Victory Boulevard near Theresa Place in Silver Lake around 2 a.m. Firefighters force the door open and found food burning on the oven, The Daily News reports. The small residence was filled with smoke and Glaino, 63, was found passed out nearby.
The fire was extinguished, but Galindo was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death. However, fire officials believe she may have died due to smoke inhalation or had a heart attack.
She was kind to everybody, said the superintendent of the building, George Coppola, according to the Daily News. She would give you the shirt off her back. She was an extremely nice lady. All you can say is: This is tragic.
She was a sweetheart. She was like my sister, said Galindo's friend, Nylvia Montijo. I'm going to miss her. She was so nice to everyone around her.