86-year-old woman killed, man injured in fire inside Rego Park home

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
86-year-old woman dead, man hurt, in Queens house fire
Phil Taitt has the details on a deadly fire in Queens.

REGO PARK, Queens (WABC) -- An 86-year-old woman was killed in a fire that ripped through a home in Queens.

Crews battled the blaze at around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the home on 66th Avenue.

Officials say heavy orange and red flames were shooting from the first and second floors.

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Rosemary Monaco was found unresponsive inside the home. She was later pronounced dead.

A 54-year-old man, who was also found inside the home, is being treated at a local hospital and is expected to recover.

Officials say two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

One neighbor says this fire spread throughout the house in no time.

"I just came outside my house and saw a bunch of fire trucks. I took a look and the whole house was on fire. And the fire spread pretty quick. When I came first it was only halfway and then the top and everything was completely engulfed in flames," the neighbor recalled.

There is no word on the relationship between the woman and the man,

Authorities say e-bikes were not found inside the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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