May 11, 2018 By Christian Murray
Two large house fires broke out in Queens last night with one erupting in Jackson Heights and the other in Elmhurst.
The first blaze swept through a 3-story house on 71st Street near 31st Avenue shortly after midnight, according to the FDNY. Sixty firefighters arrived on the scene to extinguish the flames.
The fire broke out in a second floor bedroom of the 30-46 71st Street house, according to the FDNY.
Two young girls, 6 and 8, were pulled to safety by firefighters and were taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical by stable condition.
The Daily News reported there was also a 12-year-old boy who had to jump from the building to a mattress to escape the flames.
The blaze was brought under control by 12:35 a.m. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries.
Just hours later, at 5:12 a.m., firefighters responded to a call that a two-story house at 40-46 Case Street in Elmhurst was in flames.
About 100 firefighters arrived on the scene and brought it under control by 7:28 a.m.
Seven firefighters suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries. Three civilians were also hurt, including one critically.
The cause of both fires is still under investigation.
#FDNY 20 firefighters injured in Bronx, Queens fires in last 12 hours. 7 in Elmhurst Fire, 9 in Bronx, 4 in Jackson Heights. 2 little girls in critical condition in Jackson Heights. @wcbs880 pic.twitter.com/w76TRkWHOS
— Marla Diamond (@MDiamond8) May 11, 2018