John Morales, who lost a leg two years ago, died when he was trapped inside the apartment he shared with his mother at 94-26 34th Road, police and neighbors said."He was a good guy," said Edwin Ortiz, 34, who lived next door to Morales for 24 years. "He had an amputated leg. We always used to say 'hi' to each other."The man had worn a prosthetic since losing his leg to diabetes. A neighbor said Morales lived in the apartment for three decades. He was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at 4:10 p.m. at Elmhurst General Hospital, about an hour after the fire was reported at 3:08 p.m., fire officials said. It went to a third alarm by 3:30 p.m. and was brought under control at 4:38 p.m., fire officials said. The other injured residents were taken to Elmhurst, where the three firefighters were treated for minor injuries, fire officials said. A Fire Department spokesman said the cause of the fire was under investigat
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