8-year-old boy dead, 6 injured after fire tears through home in Springfield Gardens

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, Queens (WABC) -- An 8-year-old boy was killed and six other people were injured when fire tore through a home in Queens early Sunday

The flames broke out at about 2:30 a.m. on the second floor of the home on 160th Street in Springfield Gardens.

The house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

People were trapped and neighbors say two residents jumped from a window.

An FDNY battalion chief says there were a total of 10 people in the home, including four children, and said that the child who died was found in his bed.

The boy has been identified as Tighani Jones.

"It's disturbing and a very hard scene, but we tried our best, just couldn't get to them, too much fire," said FDNY Chief Patrick Ginty.

Six people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

The FDNY says the fire was accidental, caused by a candle. There was a smoke alarm present but it was not operational, fire marshals said.

----------
* More Queens news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Copyright © 2019 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.