Thursday, September 28, 2017
Squatter killed in Richmond Hill blaze
Fire marshals and police are investigating a fire at a vacant Richmond Hill home on Tuesday night where an unidentified man was found dead.
Law enforcement sources said the blaze broke out at around 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 26 inside the boarded-up residence located on 114th Street between 95th and 101st avenues.
More than 60 firefighters and officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the inferno. After putting the fire, police said, firefighters found the unidentified adult male while searching the dwelling’s second floor.
The man was pulled from the home and pronounced dead by EMS units. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
According to the New York Daily News, the residence had been vacant for some time, but Buildings Department records indicated that there had been complaints of squatters residing there in recent years.