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2 dead, 1 critical after flames tear through Elmhurst home

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ELMHURST, Queens — Two people are dead and another is critically hurt after a house fire ripped through two homes in Queens, police said.

The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. Monday in a two-story home on Ithaca Street in Elmhurst, the FDNY said. It quickly grew to a second-alarm fire and spread to the home next door.

By 12 a.m. Tuesday, the fire was under control, according to a FDNY spokesman.

When the flames were out, firefighters discovered three men inside the home, all of them unconscious and unresponsive, police said.

The trio was taken to separate hospitals in critical condition, police said. Two of them were pronounced dead at the hospital, and a third victim is in critical condition as of Tuesday morning. Their names have not been released pending notification of their families, police said.

A firefighter was hospitalized but has been treated and released, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Fire Marshall will determine what exactly sparked the fatal blaze.

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