Probe continues into a blaze at a vacant Richmond Hill house that claimed a man’s life

A ladder extends up to the second floor of a home on 114th Street in Richmond Hill after a fire broke out there on Sept. 26.
Photo by Mari Estrella/RHS News

Fire marshals and police are investigating a fire at a vacant Richmond Hill home on Tuesday night where an unidentified man was found dead.

Law enforcement sources said the blaze broke out at around 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 26 inside the boarded-up residence located on 114th Street between 95th and 101st avenues.

More than 60 firefighters and officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the inferno. After putting the fire, police said, firefighters found the unidentified adult male while searching the dwelling’s second floor.

The man was pulled from the home and pronounced dead by EMS units. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

According to the New York Daily News, the residence had been vacant for some time, but Buildings Department records indicated that there had been complaints of squatters residing there in recent years.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This was the second deadly fire in the 102nd Precinct’s confines in three days. On Sunday morning, a house fire in Ozone Park claimed the life of a 68-year-old man. Fire marshals determined that a faulty appliance triggered the blaze.

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