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Two people are dead and a third person is in critical condition after a two-alarm blaze tore through an Elmhurst home Monday night, police said.

The fire broke out in the two-story brick home, at 42-28 Ithica St., just after 10:30 p.m. and spread to a house next door before firefighters brought it under control around midnight, according to the FDNY.

Three unidentified men were discovered inside by officers from the 110th Precinct. The victims were unresponsive and unconscious.

Two were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where one was pronounced dead, while the other was listed in critical condition. The third man was taken to Forest Hills Hospital, where he later died, according to the NYPD.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the city fire marshal. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

One firefighter was hospitalized but has been treated and released, officials said.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 1:20 pm, March 22, 2016
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no detectors from queens says:
Obviously no smoke detectors were present. You would think that insurance companies would be out in front of getting people to change batteries. They can work with community boards, etc. For multiple dwellings, the landlord should have the right to check your detector once a year.
March 22, 2016, 1:52 pm
probably from queens says:
Probably an illegal conversion.
March 22, 2016, 6:53 pm
Perhaps from Queens says:
The men were perhaps illegal immigrants and involved in drug activity,,this is in Elmhurst...duh.
March 23, 2016, 10:38 am
Charge them from Queens says:
People who need so many firefighters because they refuse to replace smoke detector batteries should be billed for the city services.
March 23, 2016, 2:02 pm

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