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3 dead in Queens House fire, officials say

Three people were killed and two firefighters injured in a fire at a Queens house on Saturday morning, firefighters said.

Firefighters were called to a house on 48th Avenue in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens at 5:37 a.m. and found the three-story building ablaze. The fire had reached all floors of the three-family house, officials said.

Two bodies were found on the first floor and another body was found on the third floor, said Thomas Richardson, chief of fire operations. Authorities have not disclosed the age or identity of the victims.

A total of eight people lived in the house. Two residents who escaped the blaze sustained minor injuries, but two others remain missing, Chief Richardson said. He said it was possible that the two missing residents were not in the house when the fire broke out.

“We are continuing our research to see if we can locate the other people if they were in the building,” he said.

The fire likely started on the first floor and the cause is under investigation, Chief Richardson said.

Two firefighters were also injured, one of whom fell through a floor in the house, officials said. The firefighter’s injury was minor and he was able to get out of the house on his own.

Chief Richardson said 145 firefighters and emergency medical workers responded.

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