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Sunnyside Apartment Fire Kills Local, Firefighters Injured

Sept 28, 2011 Staff Report

A 41-year-old man died and two firefighters were injured when a fire broke out at 49-01 43rd Ave early Wednesday morning.

According to reports, about 60 firefighters responded to a second floor fire at around 3:30 a.m. and had the blaze was under control by about 4:10.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

The firefighters who had suffered minor injuries were take to North Shore Hospital and were released.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and is still subject to investigation. The fire was contained to one apartment. Within a 1/2 block radius of the fire there remains a strong stench of smoke.

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Condolences to the family. I heard something about a cigarette from a neighbor but don’t know if it is true.


When FDNY makes details available, what would be useful is to know the the cause of the fire, whether this apartment was legal (and if not, then there are questions a blog is well-positioned to ask), were there smoke detectors, etc. It is likely too soon to expect this information to be available, but that would be far more valuable to the community than seeing the actual room in which the man probably died. It’s a bit too taboid for my taste.


Looks like a small one bedroom apt. Shame someone died. Too late now wonder if they had a smoke detector. I hope his family reads this web site . they would know we feel sorry for their loss.


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