Queens man in wheelchair dies trapped in basement during fire

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Friday, December 7, 2018
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The father was trapped in the basement of the Bayside home.

BAYSIDE, Queens (WABC) -- A Queens father in a wheelchair was killed in an overnight house fire.

Police say 59-year-old Ismael Sylla got trapped in the basement bedroom of his Bayside home on East Hampton Boulevard when the flames broke out.

His children and firefighters tried to rescue him, but the smoke was just too much.

The FDNY says the cause of the fire was accidental and electrical. There was not a smoke alarm present.


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