THE BRONX (PIX11)—A late-night fire that broke out inside a Bronx apartment building has left a 65-year-old dead, after officials said he re-entered the burning home to search for his stepdaughter who wasn't even home.
According to authorities, the fire started in the third-floor apartment along East. 234th St. in the Wakefield section right before 1 a.m. Friday.
James, who managed to escape when the fire first broke out, told the New York Daily News her father was a "hero."
"He thought I was inside and he died trying to save me."
Responding EMS transported Royer to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. No other injuries were reported.