Nine injured in early morning fire in Elmhurst, Queens

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ELMHURST, Queens – Nine people are injured, including one in critical condition after a flames engulfed two homes Monday morning, according to FDNY.

A 30-year-old woman with severe burns to head and abdomen and a 12-year-old girl who suffered smoke inhalation were among the victims, authorities said. Three firefighters were hurt, but their injuries were classified as minor.

The blaze started at 42-65 Ketcham St. about 4:30 a.m. The fire was contained about an hour later.

"It was a big fire," Eman Villamin, who lived in the attic behind the burning home."We couldn't even get out."

Six of the residents had to be rescued by firefighters.

A neighboring home at 83-29 Britton Ave was damaged by flames. Three residents told PIX11, they were trapped in their attic with smoke filling the room and needed assistance by firefighters to evacuate their home.