Man, 57, Dies after Queens House Fire

NY Daily News - May 18, 2020

by RIKKI REYNA and JOHN ANNESE

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Flames tore through a Queens home on Sunday, killing one man and injuring his mother, police said.

The fast-moving blaze erupted just before 1:10 p.m., on the second floor of a house on 96th St. near 24th Ave. in East Elmhurst, FDNY officials said.

Medics performed CPR on Adrian Springer, 57, pulled from the second story while they rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.

“All the family on the first floor got out, thank god, because they have young kids,” neighbor Ahasan Billah, 40, said. “They brought out an older man on a stretcher and he was burned. His hands and his face were burned and he wasn’t conscious. They did CPR on him and they were trying and trying.”

Springer’s 81-year-old mother, who lives on the second floor, suffered minor injuries.

Billah was sitting in his living room across the street when he saw black smoke pouring out of the two front windows of the house.

“I asked my wife, is that a fire? It seemed like it happened out of nowhere," he said. "Then the smoke started coming out the back of the house and I had already called 911. He was a nice man and this is so scary because it all happened so quickly. The firefighters came in minutes. But the place just burned so fast. There was no time.”

Firefighters brought the flames under control just after 2 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.