Girl dead in Queens car fire; man taken into custody: police

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, Queens — A 3-year-old girl was killed in a car fire in Queens on Sunday night, police said.

The fire was reported on Baisley Boulevard just before 9 p.m., officials said. The girl was in the back of the vehicle.

Sources told PIX11 the doors of the car were chained shut. Because of the heat, the latch gave way and firefighters were able to get the child out. The girl was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive her injuries.

A 39-year-old Valley Stream man was found near Baisely Pond with burns, police said. He was taken into custody. No charges have been filed. The relationship between the man and the child is not yet clear.

Witnesses told police the man had been driving erratically beforehand. They told officers he jumped in Baisely Pond to douse himself.

What appears to be a gas canister was on the road behind the vehicle.

Details around the situation are not yet clear.

Police have not released any identifying information for the child.

Marcia Freeman was driving home from church when she saw the crowd and turned back to see what was going on.

"It's devastating to know that a child is lost," she said.

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