FDNY says fire that killed 3 squatters, injured 4 firefighters was set intentionally

Officials said the three people killed inside the abandoned building are now being considered homicide victims


Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — The three squatters who died in a fire in an abandoned Queens home last month were all victims of a homicide, police said Saturday.

FDNY Fire Marshals and the NYPD’s Arson and Investigation Squad ruled the Nov. 22 fire inside the St. Albans home was intentionally set after a three-week investigation.

After a three-week investigation, the FDNY says a fire they responded to at an abandoned house on Nov. 22, which killed three people inside and left four firefighters with minor injuries, was intentionally set. (Photo/FDNY Twitter)
After a three-week investigation, the FDNY says a fire they responded to at an abandoned house on Nov. 22, which killed three people inside and left four firefighters with minor injuries, was intentionally set. (Photo/FDNY Twitter)

No arrests have been made.

Firefighters were called to the small 110th Road home near Farmers Blvd. about 11:50 p.m. After the fire was put out, three men were found dead inside.

Cops ultimately identified the three victims, but their names were not immediately disclosed as they continue to track down family members.

An FDNY spokesman said that the cause and origin of the fire “remains under investigation.”

The victims are believed to be squatters, police and fire sources said. City Buildings Department records show complaints about squatters living in the house since at least 2016.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury after falling through the first floor into the basement, sources said. He was one of four firefighters to suffer minor injuries battling the blaze.

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