Woman dead after flames tear through Queens home: authorities

Posted: 4:53 AM, Sep 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-04 10:17:27-04

QUEENS VILLAGE, Queens — A woman who used a wheelchair was killed when fire broke out in a Queens home late Tuesday night, according to authorities.

The FDNY said the call came in just after 11 p.m. for a fire on the first floor of a private residence at 88-20 219th St., just past Hillside Avenue in Queens Village.

After extinguishing the fire around midnight, firefighters discovered a woman unconscious and unresponsive on the first floor of the home, the FDNY said.

EMS responded to the home and pronounced her dead at the scene, officials said.

Family on the scene identified the woman as 63-year-old Azmin Shaw to PIX11's Jennifer Bisram, and said she used a wheelchair to get around. They fear she was trapped inside the home during the fire.

Police later identified the victim as Bibi Jasmin. Her family explained that she went by Azmin Shaw, as Shaw was her maiden name.

"I'm so shocked to see that this happened to her," an emotional relative of Shaw said. "Very nice woman. My aunt was a beautiful woman," she said.

Authorities said the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death. The FDNY Fire Marshal will determine the cause of the fire, as the investigation is ongoing.