QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) — An 82-year-old man died in a house fire in Queens early Sunday morning, authorities said.
Firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze in a two-story home at 218-01 36th Ave. in Bayside at around 5:40 a.m., according to the FDNY. The man was found in a second-floor bathroom and was pronounced dead at the scene, the FDNY said.
“The whole front of the house was engulfed in flames. So I called 911 right away,” a neighbor told PIX11 News.
Officials said the cluttered hone prevented hindered the firefighters’ ability to contain the flames and smoke.
“When you go inside, it’s lights out conditions when you have a heavy fire condition like that it’s thick black smoke and then when you have a clutter condition, you’re going in and searching and bouncing into things. It’s hard to maneuver and delays the search,” an FDNY chief said at the scene.
The victim’s identity has not been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.