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3 hurt in Richmond Hill fire

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:19 am, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

A fire, possibly caused by an explosion, in a Richmond Hill home last weekend left three people hurt and investigators are looking into the possibility a faulty gas hookup was the cause.

It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday at 87-40 124 St. It took firefighters nearly three hours to extinguish the flames.

The three victims are being treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Nassau County Medical Center for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries that include cuts and smoke inhalation.

The fire, which began in the basement, is still under investigation, according to the FDNY, but the home had been cited for an illegal gas connection by the Department of Buildings two years ago.

Witnesses said they heard a loud boom, according to multiple published reports.

The DOB has issued a vacate order for the building because its integrity has been compromised due to the fire. The entire front wall of the home separated from the rest of the house as a result of the fire and glass was strewn in the street, a possible sign of an explosion.

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