Wind-whipped fire engulfs NYC building; 1 killed, 31 injured

/ Source: NBC News and msnbc.com

A woman was dead Sunday after a five-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, local media reported.

"An unidentified female was found on the sixth floor of the building," NBC affiliate WNBC quoted city officials as saying. " The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death."

Twenty fire fighters and 11 civilians sustained minor injuries, officials said, according to WNBC.

Fanned by strong winds, the blaze on East 29th Street forced the evacuation of an estimated 100 people on Saturday night, the NBC station said.

The New York Fire Department said the blaze burned the upper floors of a six-story apartment building.

About 200 firefighters responded to the scene.

"I climbed down the fire escape from the sixth floor with my 2-month-old daughter in my arms," Shavan Agard, 34, told The New York Daily News. She said that she smelled smoke while she was about to give her daughter a bath. She said she climbed down the fire escape with her daughter in her arms.

"All I could think about was my daughter," she said, according to the Daily News. "I grabbed her and that's it. I went out the window and carried her down."