Squatter found dead in Richmond Hill garage fire

Fire marshals, police and members of the NYPD's Crime Scene Unit investigate the fire on 120th Street Saturday afternoon. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A homeless man who was squatting in the detached garage of an abandoned Richmond Hill home was found dead after the place caught on fire early Saturday morning.

Firefighters found the garage on 120th Street near Liberty Avenue engulfed in flames when they arrived just before 1 a.m. and after the fire was extinguished they discovered an unidentified body inside, according to the NYPD.

Neighbor Shafqat Wasi said that for the past few years a group of five to 10 vagrants have been living in the garage.

“I saw them using candles in there,” he said. “I told them don’t do that. It’s not safe.”

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire.

Updated 4:14 pm, January 21, 2013
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