A resident of the home on East 98th Street is believed to have set the fire just after 11:10 p.m. Thursday night and fled.
A 32-year-old woman living there and a 69-year-old neighbor who may have rushed to help inhaled smoke and were rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A 27-year-old resident suspected of having started the fire fled the scene but later reported.
No indictment was immediately filed
Detectives are investigating whether a landlord-tenant dispute led to the fire.
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