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3 people die in NY apartment fire, authorities say

Authorities say three people have died after they were pulled from an apartment fire in the Corona neighborhood of Queens.

New York City police said two women and a man were pronounced dead at area hospitals early Thursday after the fire shortly before midnight Wednesday. The fire was in an apartment on the ninth floor of a 16-floor brick building.

Police said the victims were unconscious and unresponsive inside the apartment when firefighters arrived minutes before midnight. The victims had lived in the apartment.

They were identified as 59-year-old Louise Jean-Charles, 37-year-old Nadia Donnay and 69-year-old Napoleon Michel.

Fire authorities said 105 firefighters from 25 units responded to the scene. Five firefighters were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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