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Queens Chronicle

Richmond Hill fire kills one

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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 3:48 pm | Updated: 4:57 pm, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

A man was found dead after what police are calling a suspicious fire on the second floor of a private home in Richmond Hill early Sunday morning.

The FDNY was alerted to the fire at 115-18 95 Ave., one block south of Atlantic Avenue, at 2:35 a.m. on Sunday morning. Firefighters arrived five minutes later and fought the blaze, which was burning in a second-floor apartment of the three-story semi-detached home. Some residents in adjacent apartments were evacuated and neighbors gathered on front stoops and sidewalks to watch the scene.

The fire reached a second alarm at 2:50 a.m. and firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control shortly thereafter. But after extinguishing the flames, investigators found a 43-year-old Asian man in the apartment. Police have not yet named the victim, who was found unconscious and unresponsive with severe burns about the body.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the fire is suspicious and the investigation is ongoing, but would not elaborate on details of the probe.

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