SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens (PIX11) – Three people are dead after a fire spread to multiple homes in Queens Friday afternoon.
The 5-alarm fire started in the South Ozone Park area on 125th Street around 2:13 p.m., NYPD officials said. When firefighters arrived, a home was fully engulfed in flames and smoke.
Firefighters found two residents of a basement apartment dead at the scene Friday. A third resident of the basement apartment was found dead Saturday, officials said.
The fire spread to four other homes before firefighters got it under control. Several FDNY members suffered injuries battling the fire.
The weather played a role in spreading the fire to other homes. Strong wind gusts blew the fire from one side of the street onto a home on the complete opposite side.
The American Red Cross provided emergency assistance to nine families impacted by the fire, including 29 adults and 13 children.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.