Flames ripped through two Richmond Hill homes Sunday morning in a fire that has left at least six people homeless.
The fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning on 120th Street near Liberty Avenue. More than 30 units and 140 firefighters fought the blaze for an hour before it was declared under control.
Witnesses say the fire started in a vacant house at 103-41 120 St. and spread to the next-door structure, which was occupied. The fire also charred the wall of an apartment building on the other side of the empty home. FDNY officials say the fire spread to two other structures besides the two homes. No injuries were reported.
Six residents who were living in one of the houses were displaced by the fire and were removed to an area hotel. The Red Cross was also on scene to help the victims.
An FDNY spokesman said the fire is still under investigation, but the scene of the blaze was the same location as another fire last winter that was reported to be started by a homeless man to keep warm in the backyard of the vacant home.