BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Two fires in western Queens last week left eight firefighters and five residents injured and one dead, the FDNY said.
At approximately 11:15 p.m. on May 10, firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire on the second floor of a three-story building, located on 71st Street near 31st Avenue in Jackson Heights.
Upon arrival, the FDNY said that it encountered a number of children who were trying to escape the blaze by jumping out the window. Two children—both 9 years old—and an adult, who were trapped in bedrooms in the back of the house, were rescued by firefighters. Both children were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
The fire was brought under control by 11:39 p.m. and an investigation into its cause is ongoing. There were no fire alarms in the building, the FDNY said.
In a separate incident, on May 11, firefighters responded at 5:12 a.m. to a two-alarm fire at a property located at 40-46 Case St. in Elmhurst.
Two residents suffered serious injuries, another was critically injured and a man was found dead the next day, the FDNY said.
More than 100 firefighters fought to get the fire under control. The fire was so severe that seven firefighters were injured as a result of the blaze and an interior stair collapse.
At approximately 5 p.m. on May 12, the FDNY went back to the home in search of 39-year-old Golam Saroar, and discovered his body in the house’s attic.
Fire officials condemned the home and deemed it unlivable.
According to the FDNY, the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring, and there were no fire alarms in the house.