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‘Aggressive interior attack’ ends with rescue at NYC fire

FDNY companies faced heavy fire on the first and second floors of the Queens house

By Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An 86-year-old woman died as a fire tore through her Queens home, police said Wednesday.

The fire broke out in the 66th Ave. house near Fitchett St. in Rego Park at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters putting out the blaze found Rosemary Monoco unconscious in the two-story home. She died at the scene.

A 54-year-old man was pulled from the apartment and taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. He is expected to survive.

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Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Responding firefighters found heavy fire on both the first and second floors, FDNY Deputy Chief Christopher Paolicelli said at a press conference at the scene.

“They made an aggressive interior attack,” Paolicelli said of the FDNY response. “Unfortunately, we did have one civilian fatality.”

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FDNY fire marshals will determine what sparked the blaze.

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