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Queens fire puts four in critical condition

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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 2:21 pm | Updated: 11:01 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

A fire that burned in the early hours of Monday morning left 10 people injured in Fresh Meadows, according to the New York Fire Department.

Flames erupted from the two-story, two-family brick home at 169-03 65 Ave. at 1:46 a.m. Firefighters arrived three minutes later, officials said.

Six individuals were treated for non-life- threatening injuries including one firefighter, and four were in critical condition, according to the FDNY.

The fire was under control by 2:20 a.m.

Around noon on Monday, owner David Abdurakhmanov, 40, who lives on the first floor, said his “head is spinning.”

He spent the morning on the phone with an insurance adjuster and there was a crew of workers sweeping and cleaning out the home. The second-floor window had been boarded up.

Two friends were there lending support and several other neighbors were slowly walking their dogs by the house, which from the outside appreared to have minimal damage.

An occupational therapist lives upstairs with his stay-at-home wife and six children ages 18-months to 14 years, Abdurakhmanov said.

“I saw him go him go back inside and pull them out of there,” said Abdurakhmanov, who was woken up by his wife Susan and the fire alarm. “They are very nice people. I don’t know how they are doing.”

The father was pulled out of the burning building by firefighters, according to other media sources. 

“My wife woke me up, she wasn’t sleeping,” said Abdurakhmanov, who has lived at the home with his wife and four children for nine years.

“I heard ‘Fire, fire!

“I tried to kill it in the side yard with water.”

Abdurakhmanov said he will have to rebuild, “but thank God everyone is alive. It’s not pleasant.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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