3 Dead in Queens House Fire, Officials Say

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Three people were killed and two firefighters injured in a fire at a Queens house on Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to a house at 90-31 48th Avenue in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens at 5:37 a.m. and found the three-story building engulfed in flames. Fire had reached every floor of the three-unit house, officials said.

Two bodies were found on the first floor and another body was found on the third floor, said Thomas Richardson, chief of fire operations. Officials did not release the ages or identities of the victims.

Eight people lived at the house. Two residents who escaped the fire had minor injuries and were taken to hospitals and one other resident was uninjured.

Two others remained unaccounted for, Chief Richardson said. He said it was possible the two missing residents were not in the house when the fire started.

“We are continuing our searches to see if we can locate the other folks if they were in the building,” he said.

The fire most likely started on the first floor and the cause is under investigation, Chief Richardson said.

Two firefighters were also injured, including one who fell through a floor in the house, officials said. The firefighter’s injury was minor and he was able to get out of the house on his own.

Chief Richardson said 145 firefighters and emergency medical workers responded.

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