Three men were killed and four others critically injured early Saturday in a Queens fire that tore through an illegal basement apartment.
Flames erupted at 2:45 a.m. inside the two-story home at 42-40 65th Place in Woodside. The fire started in the basement, which was illegally partitioned to accommodate an apartment, fire officials said.
Two men died at the scene despite efforts to revive them; a third died at Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Firefighters faced a frantic scene, with residents struggling to make it out alive. Badly-burned victims were found lying on the front sidewalk, just inside the front door and beneath a basement window.
None of the victims were immediately identified, but neighbors say they were in their 30s and were all from Bangladesh.