Investigators are looking into what started a deadly house fire in Queens that killed three people and injured four others this morning.
Fire Department officials say flames broke out about 2:45 a.m. in the basement of a home on 65th Place in Woodside.
Two people died in the house and one died at Elmhurst Hospital.
Four others were taken to Woodhull Burn Center, but their injuries and conditions are unknown.
Fire officials also say the city Department of Buildings issued three violations, including illegal occupancy and work being done without a permit.
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three people were killed in a fire in the Woodside section of Queens in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Four other people were injured in the blaze, including at least one person with third degree burns.
The Fire Department says the house on 65th Place was illegally subdivided, with two apartments in the basement, where the bodies were found.
The Buildings Department cited the owners with three violations prior to and after the fire.
Relatives of the owners told 1010 WINS that the fire may have been sparked by faulty electric heaters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
From the NY Post:
The home - owned by Subir and Marina Barua since 1996 - was illegally divided into a five-family home, with five kitchens and five bathrooms, according to the Department of Buildings, which issued violations this morning.
But five families were not living there - DOB said the house was divided into seven rooms for single occupancy, with residents sharing bathrooms and kitchens. Four people were living in SROs in the basement, where the fire started, authorities said.