Twelve people were taken to the hospital Sunday after an early morning house fire in Queens.
The fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m. inside a home located at 169-11 89th Avenue in Jamaica.
It took firefighters about an hour to bring the flames under control.
The New York City Fire Department says seven people in the house were hurt, including one person who suffered severe burns.
Five firefighters were also injured.
One was taken to Cornell Medical Center with burns to the face.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but investigators do not suspect foul play.
The fire started in the basement, where the building’s super lives, and caused heavy smoke throughout the building, officials said.
Deputy Chief Charles Clark said the fire was roaring when firefighters arrived.
“When we pulled up, we had heavy smoke in the street. People out on the balconies, we had heavy fire condition in the basement,” Clark said.
Witness Pedro Pagon said firefighters rescued people from balconies with portable ladders and others rushed to the basement to rescue the super.
“The super lives in the basement and he was burned. His shoulders were also burned. They were screaming,” he said.
Officials rushed the super to Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit in critical condition. Meanwhile, six civilians and five firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation.
From the Daily News:
The super, who was in critical condition at a Manhattan hospital, lived in the basement with his family, tenants said.
Let's see, was the super supposed to be sleeping in the basement with his family? Based on the C of O, the answer is no. In fact, based on the C of O, there is no basement, but a cellar. There also are supposed to be doctors' offices on the 1st floor, but do not appear to be any.
And the drum beats on...I predict no one will mention this in their news reports.