Four people critically injured in Fresh Meadows blaze

Friends and family of the building's owners stand outside the Fresh Meadows home where fire broke out early Monday morning. Photo by Joe Anuta
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An early morning kitchen fire on the second story of a Fresh Meadows home sent 11 to the hospital Monday, fire officials said.

The blaze broke out around 1:45 a.m., and four people on the top floor of the two-family home suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the Fire Department.

“He was barely breathing,” David Abdurakhmanov, the owner of the house, said of one of the victims.

Firefighters pulled several people from the second floor, and the blaze was under control by 2:20 a.m., a spokesman from the FDNY said.

Two people who were critically injured were brought to North Shore LIJ-Health System, while another two were taken to New York Hospital Queens, where one of the City’s Bravest was also treated for minor injuries.

The fire broke out in the kitchen, which was located in the center of the second-floor apartment, and the bedrooms are further back in the house, according to the FDNY.

By 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, crews were sweeping up broken glass and cleaning what they could from around the scene.

The fire was not considered suspicious, according to the FDNY.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 1:55 am, April 2, 2013
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miriam y from bronx says:
He is my therapist and he is so strong that I know he will pull threw but he doesent deserve this no one does so I have you and your family in my prayers God bless all of you and feel better soon because we miss you already.
April 3, 2013, 11 pm

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