The fire started in the victim's bedroom in The Petersfield at East 12th Street. The first reports came in just about midnight...
#Manhattan *Working High-Rise Fire* 115 4 Ave. #FDNY reporting fire on 5th floor of 8 story building. #BREAKING
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 17, 2013
Here are photos via @Mitski from the corner at East 12th Street...
And from NYC Fire Wire Facebook page...
Here's video via tarant10708 on YouTube...
The cause is under investigation, the Post reported.
Updated 7 a.m.
Here's the East 12th Street side of The Petersfield this morning...
More photos this morning via @Mitski
Updated 8:31 a.m.
ABC 7 reports that the victim is an 84-year-old woman, who the FDNY was found unconscious in the apartment.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious, per ABC 7.
Updated 6:30 p.m.
Authorities have identified Mary Lincoln Bonnell, a well-known sculptor, as the victim in last night's fire, according to the Daily News.
One neighbor called her "a real cool person." She has lived alone with her cat Amy since her husband died in 2001.
Here's an undated artist's statement from her:
I am absorbed by motion, concerned simply with how one gets from here to there and the structures that are needed to show it. My work no longer has direct reference to nature, but it remains organic. Growth and change are stimuli.
FDNY lists cause of fire...
Fire Marshals: Fatal fire at 115 4 Ave in Manhattan on 4/17 was caused by a discarded cigarette. #FDNY— FDNY (@FDNY) April 18, 2013