A Queens Village family who was celebrating an upcoming wedding was caught in a massive fire that quickly ravaged their house killing 3 of them and injuring many others. The house located on 211th Street and 93rd Road didn’t seem to have working smoke detectors. 32 year old Harleen Maggo (see picture), a mother of two and her parents Ragvir Kaur-Kainth, 82, and Pyara Kainth, 87 all died in the fire that erupted a little bit before midnight on Saturday night. Harleen’s two children, were also trapped in the fire but were able to be rescued by the firefighters. The 8 year old girl was in critical condition while the 6 year old boy was stable. Seven other people who were also trapped in the fire were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Harleen Maggo had been able to escape but she decided to go back in the house on fire to try to save her parents. She never made it back outside. The house was full of wedding guests partying when the fire started. Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire. Read more in the NY Daily News Picture source: Facebook
No working smoke alarm either in another NYC fire that erupted 6 hours later
Around 6 hours later another fire started in an apartment located in a high-rise in Harlem. 12 people were injured in the accident including a 6-year-old girl who was in critical condition. Again just like in the Queens accident it seems like there were no working smoking detectors at the apartment located on the 29th floor of a building on Fifth Ave and 110th Street.
80 firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire and were able to kill the blaze in less than an hour. Two children were rescued, a 6-year-old girl who was in cardiac arrest and a 1-year-old girl in respiratory arrest. Another adult victim was hospitalized in critical condition. Three others suffered serious injuries and 6 others including a firefighter suffered minor injuries.
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