2 dead after fire rips through Queens apartment: FDNY


FRESH MEADOWS, Queens — A man and woman were killed when fire ripped through a Queens apartment building early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Authorities said the call came in just after 4:30 a.m. for fire on the fourth floor of the residential building located at 71-02 162nd Street, at the corner of 71st Avenue in the Fresh Meadows area.

Video from the Citizen App showed heavy smoke rising from the fourth floor of an apartment building.

Two Fatally Injured in Fourth-Floor Blaze @CitizenApp

71-02 162nd St 4:39:01 AM EST

After FDNY firefighters extinguished the fire, police officers found a 75-year-old woman and 81-year-old man, both unconscious and unresponsive, the NYPD said.

The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, police said. Their identities were not immediately released, pending proper family notification.

A third person was treated on scene for non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

Firefighters were able to place the fire under control around 5:20 a.m., authorities said.

The cause of the blaze was still under investigation Wednesday morning.

Deadly Queens apartment fire
Left: Smoke billows out of a Queens apartment building after fire broke out on the fourth floor of the Fresh Meadows building; Right: The aftermath of the blaze in the morning light on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (Citizen App/PIX11 News)

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Correction: The neighborhood has been updated.

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