Fire scene on 71st street Jackson Heights where two little girls critically hurt overnight.

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Jackson Heights, Queens Fire Leaves Two Girls In Critical Condition

May 11, 2018 - 7:18 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There were a couple of bad fires in Queens on Thursday night, one in Jackson Heights, and the other in Elmhurst. A third fire broke out in the Bronx -- in all 20 firefighters were injured.

The fire at the three story home at 3046 71st Street off of 31st Ave in Jackson Heights broke out around midnight on the second floor. Family members say two little girls, cousins, age 8 and 6 couldn't get out until firefighters came to help. Both were in critical condition, one was taken to Elmhurst for smoke inhalation, the other went to Cornell with severe burns.

A family of seven who live on the top floor made it down one level before jumping to a grassy area behind the building. Others jumped onto a small mattress in front of the building and suffered just minor injuries.

Residents are now awaiting word on the condition of the two girls.

Seven firefighters were hurt in the Elmhurst Blaze, and one adult was critically injured.

Julian Sandoval was just returning to his home on Case Street at 4:30 in the morning, when he saw a man barely clothed running down the street out of a multi-family house.

"We were like, what's going on? When you see somebody come out half naked you'r elike, what's going on? He runs back and we see smoke come out. Next thing we know we come out the car and we looking, there's fire. So we called the cops, people came out burnt, firefighters came out hurt," he said.

A number of firefighters were hurt when a stairway collapsed.