Investigators sift through wreckage after fire kills 5
NEW YORK | Fire marshals sifted through charred wreckage and worked through the night to try to determine what sparked a fast-moving house fire that killed five people, including two boys and two teenage girls, but don’t believe the blaze spread from a car found burned out in the driveway, officials said Monday.
The Sunday afternoon blaze rapidly engulfed the wooden single-family home in Queens Village, a middle-class neighborhood near Belmont Park.
A passing motorist called 911 to say someone had jumped from a window, and by the time firefighters arrived moments later, flames were chewing through the roof and roaring in upstairs windows.
No working smoke detectors were found.
Firefighters raced into the burning building, making it up to the attic where some of the victims were trapped, but couldn’t reach them in time.
Most of the victims were related and one was a friend, authorities said. Police identified them as 2-year-old Chayce Lipford, 10-year-old Rashawn Matthews, 16-year-old Jada Foxworth, 17-year-old Melody Edwards and 20-year-old Destiny Dones.