Fire lieutenant rescues newborn from burning house in Queens

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NEW YORK — A 3-week-old is recovering from smoke inhalation after an FDNY lieutenant rescued him from the attic of a burning house in Queens.

“It’s good that, like I said, we were able to get in there and the baby ended up surviving. Doesn’t happen often, with that amount of smoke,” Lt. Adam Vilagos said.

The fire started about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in a two-story house in Corona.

Vilagos, who is the nephew of FDNY fire commission Daniel Nigro, said the parents were outside yelling "There's a baby in the attic!" when firefighters arrived.

The 18-year FDNY veteran ran to the smoky attic and scooped the child up from his crib. Vilagos said the smoke was so heavy, visibility in the house was “pretty much zero,” which made it harder to find the baby.

The newborn, identified by family as Sunjay Headley Jr., was placed on an oxygen machine and rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Fire Department officials said he is expected to survive.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.