Four rescued from burning Queens building

April 20, 2009 4:40:33 PM PDT
Authorities have deemed a fire that tore through a house in the Jamaica section of Queens early Monday, prompting dramatic rescues of four men in the attic, as not suspicious. Fire marshals are still trying to pin down the exact cause of the fire that burned through the 144th Street home just after 1:15 a.m., but they have determined the cause was not suspicious in nature.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement and spread through the three-story building.

Additionally, the marshals determined there was no evidence of sectioning off the rooms in an illegal manner, a practice that has led to residents being trapped in fires in the past.

The four residents were trapped in the attic of the home. Three of them were unconscious when discovered by firefighters.

They were resuscitated at the scene and rushed to Jamaica Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. All four were listed in critical condition.

At least three firefighters were being treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries. The rescues were made by firefighters from Ladder 126 and Ladder 127.


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