Queens house fire sends wedding guests jumping from windows for safety

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A fire at an Elmhurst, Queens, residence early Sunday sent nearly a dozen people jumping out windows for safety and injured two people including a child, authorities said.

“People couldn’t get out of the windows because of the gates. They were jumping out the window from the top,” 15-year-old neighbor Mike Paucar told The Post.  

Paucar said he saw as many as 10 people spring from the third-floor window — and more than one person appeared hurt after doing so. Windows on the other floors were covered by the safety gates.

“They were breaking down the AC that was up there and they started jumping,” he said. “All you saw were people jumping from the top window. They were landing on the floor, some of them got hurt.”

Video of the blaze at 41-46 Hampton Street filmed by another neighbor, Sandra Alvarez, showed flames engulf the rear-end of the house after firefighters responded at 7:44 a.m. Another clip showed a woman crying and consoling two small children.

A Queens fire on August 22, 2021 sent wedding guests running as the fire ripped through a house in Elmhurst.
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A fire broke out this morning on Hampton Street in Elmhurst Queens.
A fire broke out this morning on Hampton Street in Elmhurst Queens.
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People gather near the area of the fire in Queens.
People gather near the area of the fire in Queens.
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Alvarez said she came outside after hearing an older woman and children screaming.

“She was asking for help. She was saying ‘The kids, the kids, the kids. Help bring the kids outside,’” Alvarez, 49, said. “She was worried about the people stuck in the house. I think they were stuck in the stairs and they had to come out from the attic.”

“It was like a movie. They had smoke on their face. It was pretty scary,” she said.

According to police, people were jumping from the third floor window as they were unable to get out.
According to police, people were jumping from the third floor window as they were unable to get out.
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Firefighters seen performing CPR on a child after the blaze.
Firefighters seen performing CPR on a child after the blaze.
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One neighbor said occupants of the torched building had been celebrating a wedding.

“There were many people inside this morning because many of them were sleeping there,” said Maria Ortiz, 53.

First responders had the blaze under control by 8:29 a.m., FDNY said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 7:44 a.m, by that time, dozens of people had already been injured from jumping.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at 7:44 a.m, by that time, dozens of people had already been injured from jumping.
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People seen near the area of the fire.
People seen near the area of the fire.
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Firefighters arrive at the scene of the blaze.
Firefighters arrive at the scene of the blaze.
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Two people were transported to area hospitals, according to the FDNY.

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