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2 Dead In Early Morning House Fire In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A couple died in a three-alarm fire early Monday morning in Brooklyn.

Crews responded around 3:45 a.m. to the single-family home on 44th between 12th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough Park.

Firefighters said it appears the fire had been burning for some time before they were called and by the time they got to the scene the stairwells were engulfed.

"They were delayed getting up there, they had to knock down the fire on those stairs to get upstairs," FDNY Deputy Chief Russ Regan said. "It was a very fast moving fire, zero visibility, very high heat."

Officials say 61-year-old Chaim Gluck and his 59-year-old wife, Faigy, were found unconscious in a back bedroom on the second floor of the home where they lived for nearly 40 years, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported.

The couple was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, where they later died.

Their 19-year-old daughter survived by climbing out to a first floor landing and was then rescued by firefighters, 1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck reported. She is listed in stable condition.

Neighbors said the Glucks were the first Jewish family to move into the community nearly four decades ago.

"Very nice people, always helped neighbors -- anything we needed, they were always there for us," neighbor Sidney Perl said.

The blaze was contained inside the house so the homes that were on either side were not touched, 1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck reported.

The loss is felt by many who remember the couple for their generosity.

"Very nice people, anything we needed they were always there for us," Perl said.

The family is preparing for the couple's funeral which is scheduled for Monday afternoon. The burial will be in New Jersey where their three adult children live.

The New York City Fire Marshal will determine how the fire started.

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