Pair of suspicious firess tear through Queens homes

October 8, 2010 11:42:15 AM PDT
Two suspicious fires in Queens left several people hospitalized and homes destroyed early Friday.

A house in the Woodhaven section went up in flames in what was determined to be a suspicious fire.

That fire broke out near the door of the home on 107th Street just after 2:30 a.m. The fire quickly burned through the front of the house.

The homeowner said he noticed the front door on fire, and by the time he attempted to put it out, the flames had already spread.

He was able to escape the house with his wife and her daughter without injuries.

The homeowner, who has lived there for 13 years, said he is friendly with neighbors and has no enemies.

"Who could do this?" he asked.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and has been labeled suspicious. Police taped off the house as Fire Marshals investigated.

In the second incident, a fast-moving second-alarm fire that tore through a home in Richmond Hill and sent three people to the hospital.

The fire broke out in the home on 95th Avenue just before 1 a.m., and threatened to spread to a neighboring home.

Nearly a dozen residents fled the flames, and most were treated at the scene.

Two residents went to Jamaica Medical Center with smoke inhalation.

One firefighter was also taken to the hospital, for minor injuries.

FDNY says preliminiarily the fires do not appear to be linked. The causes remain under investigation.