Three people died and four others were injured when a house caught fire in Queens (NYC) this morning.
FDNY was called to the three-story residence at 90-31 48th Avenue, Elmhurst, around 5:40 a.m. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials said. Two more victims were taken to the hospital and two firefighters were treated at the scene.
Thomas Richardson, chief of fire operations, said that eight people lived in the residence. “Due to the large volume of the fire, we had a extensive roof collapse on the upper deck and another part collapsed on the second floor, so we continued our searches to see if we can find out if other people were in the building ”, cited Pix11.
EMS Division Chief Stephen Russo reported that two of the victims who died were found on the 2nd floor and the third was on the 3rd floor. They have not been identified.
One of the firefighters suffered a minor injury when he fell through a hole while fighting the flames. More than 140 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire, which has now been brought under control, but the cause of origin is unknown. “We had a large volume of fire on all three floors of the building,” Richardson noted.
FDNY Chief of Operations Thomas J. Richardson provides an update from the scene of this morning’s fatal 3-alarm fire at 90-31 48th Avenue in Queens. Read more: https://t.co/sIFK6kgC3a pic.twitter.com/e9bsKyexgA
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Three people were killed and two firefighters injured in a fire at a Queens house on Saturday morning. https://t.co/LKi2UWdGMx
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DEVELOPING: At least 3 people were killed in a fire early this morning in Elmhurst, Queens. But, officials say there are still people who are unaccounted for. @Christinafantv reports. https://t.co/Kxcu7gcZbx
– CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) December 19, 2020