Queens Fire Kills 5 People

Five people are dead, including three children, after a fire tore through a home in Queens.

The fire broke out around 2:30 on Sunday afternoon at a two-story home on 208th Street.  The FDNY responded within four minutes, but the home was already consumed by fire.

“This happened in the middle of an afternoon when the weather was good.  How could something like this have happened?  There are many unanswered questions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said this was a wood-frame home, which allowed the fire to burn quickly.  At least one of the victims was found in the attic, while one person survived after falling or jumping from a second story window.

The youngest victim was 2-years-old.  It's the deadliest fire in New York City in nearly two years.

An investigation continues into the cause.

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