The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes in the middle class neighborhood of Queens Village, a neighborhood near Belmont Park, which hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg in horse racing's Triple Crown.
Among those killed were a 2-year-old boy, a 9-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, a 20-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, police said. "Today, the fire department mourns with this community and the loss of five people in this home". He drove by the fire and called 911 after seeing flames shooting from the first and second floor of the wood-frame home.
By 4:30 p.m., the fire had been placed under control.
Four firefighters suffered minor injuries; no other people were injured.
Members arrived 4 minutes later and "were met by a house completely consumed by fire", he said, adding that firefighters saw the blaze had spread to the house next door and immediately called a second alarm, Nigro said. She said some of the children were limp and the smoke was overwhelming.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is on his way to the scene. "I'm just emotional about it because I'm a grandfather and I have kids, too".
Witness Tiasha Johnson told the Daily News of NY that the family's relative screamed for the little ones. "They were trying to get the people out of the house but they couldn't get in fast enough to get them out". "I've never seen anything like it".
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The fire was under investigation on Sunday afternoon, but a source said criminality was not suspected.
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