- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say five NYPD officers were hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation after rescuing two men - one in a wheelchair - from a burning building in Queens.

The blaze tore through a multi-family home on 28th Street and 23rd Avenue in Astoria around 2:25 p.m. Monday.

Responding officers discovered the fire after responding to a call about a robbery at the location.

Officials say the officers began rescuing the trapped victims before fire crews arrived, including a 63-year-old man in a wheelchair.

The fire, believed to be suspicious, gutted the building.

Fire Battalion Chief Frank Poulin says the exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

WABC-TV reports one man is in custody but no further details were provided.


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