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2 Fires Rage in Queens Homes Overnight, Injuring Firefighters and Civilians

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    2 Kids Critically Hurt in Queens Fire

    Two children had critical injuries after a fire in Queens on Friday morning. Erica Byfield reports.

    (Published Friday, May 11, 2018)

    Two fires raged in Queens overnight, both injuring several firefighters and some civilians, officials say.

    In Jackson Heights, two 9-year-old cousins were trapped inside their home on 71st Street near 31st Avenue when a fire broke out on the second floor, believed to have started from a candle in a shrine inside a closet, according to officials. 

    Firefighters rushed in to save the girls, and relatives said "they are doing fine, they are stable." 

    "Our hearts go out to the families because it was a tough night," said FDNY Lt. Kevin O'Hare. 

    7 Hurt in Raging Queens Blaze

    [NY] 7 Hurt in Raging Queens Blaze
    Six firefighters and one civilian were injured in a three-alarm house fire in Queens.
    (Published Friday, May 11, 2018)

    Four other firefighters suffered minor injuries. 

    In Elmhurst, a call came in just after 5 a.m. for a fire on Case Street off of Elmhurst Avenue. More than 100 firefighters responded, and seven firefighters and a civilian -- a man -- were hurt in the fire. 

    Chopper 4 showed firefighters scramble on rooftops as furious flames raged in the early morning sky. A cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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