NEW YORK CITY: Newlywed Gay Man Killed In Manhattan High-Rise Fire

Yesterday’s high-rise fire in Manhattan took the life of a newlywed gay man and critically injured his husband.

The men, 27-year-old Daniel McClung and 32-year-old Michael Todd Cohen, were found in a stairwell near the 31st floor of The Strand condominium suffering from smoke inhalation and burns after the three-alarm fire erupted more than 10 stories below at the building on West 43rd Street, the FDNY said. McClung [ABOVE LEFT] died and Cohen is in stable condition at a hospital. The couple married in July, neighbors told NBC 4 New York. More than 200 firefighters responded to put out the blaze, which began in a hallway of the 20th floor, according to the FDNY. It took firefighters about an hour and 40 minutes to get the blaze under control, authorities said. Crews got to the scene quickly, but it took some time for firefighters to reach the higher floors.

The Red Cross is assisting the other tenants, who will not be allowed back into the building until the elevators are repaired. There is video at the second link.

UPDATE: The FDNY says the fire was caused by a power strip that was “possibly connected to a Christmas tree.”