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Elderly man dies in Soho blaze; Son and firefighter seriously injured

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A two-alarm fire in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment in Soho on Monday evening left an elderly father dead and his son in critical condition.

The fatal blaze was in a six-story, 25-unit building at 104 Sullivan Street, between Spring and Prince Streets. According to the Fire Department, the call reporting the fire came in at 8:47 p.m.

A total of 106 firefighters responded to the scene. The fire was mainly on the fourth floor but also extended into the fifth floor, according to a Fire Department spokesperson. The blaze was brought under control two hours later, at 10:57 p.m.

Another civilian and two firefighters suffered minor injuries while a third firefighter was seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

Firefighters at the scene. (Photo by Harry Pincus)

The fire’s cause is under investigation. According to news reports, “tight hallways” in the building, plus “clutter” in the apartment, made it difficult to battle the flames and smoke. An overhead drone was even used to try to pinpoint the fire’s location within the building.

CBS News reported that the father and son were both found unresponsive.

CBS also said that there had been some complaints about the apartment over the years, including odors emanating from it in the past.

Soho artist Harry Pincus, who lives around the corner, rushed over and photographed the responding firefighters outside the building.

“When I heard that the victims are a 71-year-old and his 95-year-old father, I knew that it was Anthony, who I was just chatting with on the corner a few days ago,” he said. “I had a longer visit with Anthony than usual, and he was telling me all about his experiences as an ammunition handler for the big guns on a warship during the Vietnam War. He recounted a battle where the cannons were so red hot that an officer came below deck and poured water on them.

“Though the news is reporting that the father is 95, Anthony said that his father is 98,” Pincus said. He noted that the son had told him his dad had beaten various health problems over the years.

“He said that their building on Sullivan Street is finally being renovated,” he added.

Pincus said when he told a local old-timer about the fire, the man recalled, “That apartment was nice when the mother was alive.”


  1. Harry Pincus Harry Pincus June 2, 2023

    Hello Father Joe….It was my pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to seeing you again.

    Sadly, I have been informed that both Anthony Fierro, and his father, Antonio have passed away. This is a tremendous loss to our community.

    There will be a viewing at the Perazzo Funeral Home, at 199 Bleeker Street, on Wednesday, at 7PM.

  2. Harry Pincus Harry Pincus May 31, 2023

    Many of us who have lived here for decades, and formed a community here, pray for Anthony’s recovery, and for the soul of his late father, who was one of the last of the original immigrants, who came to these shores from Italy.

    • Father Joe Lorenzo Father Joe Lorenzo June 2, 2023

      Hello Harry. I met you a few weeks ago in Washington Square Park. Sad about this. I used to see Anthony almost every day on the street- he was always very nice to talk to. I remarked about his beard- thanks for your input on this. Father Joe Lorenzo-

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