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Five hurt in Richmond Hill fire

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:30 am

A fire destroyed a two-story home on a dead-end street in Richmond Hill Sunday night, leaving five people injured.

The blaze erupted shortly after 10 p.m. at 100-18 90 Ave., on a street that dead-ends at the former Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line at the border of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. The fire was called in to the FDNY at 10:23 p.m. and units responded less than three minutes later.

The flames engulfed the first and second floors of the home and the smoke from the fire could be seen in the night sky from over a mile away.

The FDNY said the blaze was declared under control at 10:56 p.m. Of the five people hurt, four were civilians — including one who suffered serious injuries — and the fifth was a firefighter with minor injuries. All five were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Responding fire engines and ambulances were forced to block off 102nd Street, a busy thoroughfare connecting Ozone Park with Forest Park, for nearly an hour.

— Domenick Rafter

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