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Person dead, 2nd critical in Queens home fire: FDNY

FOREST HILLS, Queens — One person is dead and a second has been hospitalized in critical condition after a fire broke out at a Queens home Tuesday, according to FDNY.

Fire officials responded to a blaze on 66th Avenue between Grand Central Parkway and 111th Street around 10:20 a.m.

A man was on fire when he was seen running out of the building, the fire chief said. People attempted to throw water on him, but the man collapsed and died at the scene.

A second person attempted to escape the burning building by throwing a mattress out a window and jumping on it, the chief said.

This person was also badly burned and hospitalized in critical condition, according to FDNY.

Twelve fire units, including 60 firefighters, worked to put out the fire, which was under control by 10:53, FDNY said.