EAST NEW YORK - ? A fierce fire on Sheffield Avenue Thursday morning claimed the life of an elderly woman.

Officials say the fire started on the first floor of the building and moved to the third floor.

Sources at the scene say an 82-year-old woman tried to escape with her family by using the stairs to the roof, but she did not made it out alive.

Some residents were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation but are expected to recover.