7 firefighters hurt, civilian in critical condition from Elmhurst blaze: FDNY

ELMHURST, Queens — Seven firefighters were hurt when an interior stairwell collapsed at a Queens home that was engulfed in flames Friday morning, FDNY said.

Three civilians were also hurt, with one of them suffering critical injuries, fire officials said.

Flames broke out at a home on Case Street between Elmhurst and Whitney avenues before 5:30 a.m., according to FDNY.

By 7 a.m., more than a dozen firefighters remained on scene fighting the blaze, AIR11 footage shows.

At least six of the seven firefighters who were hurt suffered serious injuries, according to FDNY.