Three dead in Queens fire

June 16, 2008 3:37:22 AM PDT
Three people died and several others were hospitalized Sunday when fire ravaged a three-story building in Queens. The two-alarm fire was first reported at 7:36 a.m. in a building in Middle Village with a deli on the ground floor and apartments on the second and third floors. Firefighters said some of the victims jumped from a third-story window to escape the flames.

One man was dead at the scene. Three people were in critical condition at area hospitals soon after the fire, and four were in serious condition. Sunday night, authorities reported two more people had died.

Radio station 1010 WINS reported that a man and a woman walked into a nearby deli on fire and the store owner doused them with bottled water.

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation.