July 29, 2019 By Christian Murray
A man was killed in a fifth-floor apartment fire in Elmhurst in the early hours Monday morning.
The FDNY was called out to a blaze at 88-35 Elmhurst Ave. at around 3 a.m. and discovered 50-year-old George Ortega inside his apartment and two other residents all suffering from smoke inhalation.
Ortega was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The FDNY also aided a 30-year-old man who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. A 36-year-old woman was also inside the apartment and is at North Shore Forest Hills Hospital in stable condition.
The FDNY has yet to determine the cause of the fire and an investigation remains ongoing.