What to Know
- A woman was found dead in a Queens home after firefighters knocked down flames Thursday evening
- Fire officials believe the fire started in the basement, though the fire marshal will investigate a cause and origin
- Another man inside the house was able to make it out on his own, his family members said
A woman was found dead inside a Queens home after firefighters knocked out a blaze there Thursday evening, police said.
Firefighters found the woman on the first floor of the home at 148-40 60th Ave. in Flushing after battling heavy smoke and fire for about an hour on the first floor and basement, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fire officials believe the blaze started in the basement, but it was tough for firefighters to access the basement and they had to enter from the back of the house.
A man living inside the home was able to get out on his own, and family members say the 74-year-old survivor is being treated for smoke inhalation.
The FDNY deputy chief on scene said while the cold weather made for tough conditions, all fire hydrants were functional.
No firefighters were injured.