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7-year-old girl, 51-year-old woman killed in Queens house fire

July 21, 2019 - 11:55 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A 7-year-old girl and 51-year-old woman were killed, and a teenager is in critical condition, after a fire tore through a house in Queens Sunday morning, the FDNY says.

Fire officials have determined that the fire that killed Guadalupe Perez, 7, and Silvia Umana, 51, was an accidental, electrical fire that was caused by a damaged air conditioner cord.

Officials also reported that a working smoke alarm was not present.

The vicitms were pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital after being rushed there in critical condition along with a 19-year-old man.

The 19-year-old remained in critical condition Sunday night.

A 15-year-old boy also removed from the home had non-life-threatening injuries and was in stable condition at Kings County Hospital.

The two-alarm fire broke out at a two-story home on 117th Street, near Atlantic Avenue, in Richmond Hill.

The FDNY said the fire started on the first floor and spread and that the blaze was brought under control in an hour despite Sunday's intense heat.

Haley was next door when the fire broke out. 

"My cat started meowing, so I woke up and there was smoke. Somebody started knocking on the door and I went outside, and they were like everybody has to evacuate the house," she said.

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