NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A house fire in Queens Wednesday left several people injured and three dead, including a young child.
The fire broke out at around 4 p.m. at a 2-story building house on 93rd Street in the East Elmhurst neighborhood.
“It’s quite unusual at that time of the afternoon to have a fire trap five occupants in a private dwelling,” said Fire Department of New York commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
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A 6-year-old child was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men were transported to local hospitals but did not survive.
A 10-month-old child and a woman were in “extremely serious condition,” said Nigro.
The FDNY was at the scene in force Wednesday night, along with the NYPD. Sources tell CBS2’s Jessica Layton an accelerant was used to start and fuel the fire in the second-floor kitchen. The fire may be the result of a ugly dispute between the tenant and homeowner.
The suspect – that tenant – is among the dead.