2 Seriously Hurt in Fast-Moving Queens Fire, 9 Firefighters Injured: Officials

WNBC 4 - June 05, 2018

by NBC Local

A fast-moving fire ripped through a home in Queens early Monday, sending two people to the hospital fighting for their lives while also injuring nine firefighters, officials say.

Two people are in critical condition after the flames broke out just before 2 a.m. inside the home on 41st Avenue in Flushing, the FDNY says. The nine injured firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The fire was under control about two hours later. The blaze destroyed much of the two-story house.

Video from the scene shows dozens of firefighters on scene while thick smoke and flames shoot from the home.

Deputy Chief Brendan McSweeney said at the scene that the house was supposed to be vacant, however, there were squatters living inside. A search was underway for other possible victims.

Sources close to the investigation said the Strategic Explosives Arson Response task force made up of the ATF, NYPD and FDNY are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

More than 100 firefighters responded to extinguish the fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what may have sparked the blaze. McSweeney said the fire is deemed suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing.

There have been 42 complaints made to the city's 311 hotline about the house over a number of years, including in March when a reported homeless encampment was spotted there. When police responded, the encampment was gone; a few days alter, another complaint was made about a rodent condition.