In­ves­ti­ga­tors sift through wreck­age af­ter fire kills 5

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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.

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