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Fatal fire in Queens Village caused by electrical issue: FDNY

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An electrical issue in the basement of a two-story home in Queens Village sparked a blaze that claimed one person’s life Sunday, the Fire Department said.

Firefighters pulled two people out of a home on Springfield Boulevard near Jamaica Avenue after responding to the all-hands blaze just after 2 p.m., the FDNY said.

Both victims rescued from the burning building were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead, fire officials said. The other suffered only minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control, and afterward fire marshals determined the fire had been started by an electrical issue in the basement.

The property was issued a permit in 199 to renovate a recreation room and bathroom in the cellar, records with the city Department of Buildings show.

Reach rep:orter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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