An early morning blaze that erupted yesterday in the basement of a Jamaica apartment building injured 12 people, including six firefighters, and left one man in critical condition.
The superintendent of the three-story building, who lived in the basement, was most seriously injured, and members of his family were also hurt, according to witness accounts reported by the Daily News.
Five fire fighters were taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment and another refused medical attention.
The Fire Department received a report of the fire at 169-11 89th Ave. at 5:10 a.m. It took 60 firefighters 32 minutes to extinguish the blaze. A spokesman for the FDNY said the critically injured superintendent was taken with three other injured people to New York-Cornell Hospital for treatment. Two other civilians were taken to Queens General Hospital.
The cause of the fire – which some tenants attributed to the building’s oil burner - is under investigation. A Fire Department spokesman said a call from the building next door the night before about a suspicious odor was investigated and proved to be unfounded.