- 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.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide