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Elderly man dies in early morning Whitestone house fire

Feb. 17, 2023 By Zachary Gewelb

An elderly man died in a house fire in Whitestone early Friday morning, according to authorities.

According to FDNY and NYPD sources, the fire broke out in a home at 149-36 18th Ave. in Whitestone around 3 a.m. on Feb. 17.

A total of 12 units consisting of 60 FDNY personnel arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire by 3:57 a.m., according to FDNY

Police say a man in his 70s was removed from the scene after suffering from smoke inhalation and a cardiac episode. He was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His identity is pending family notification.

FDNY fire marshals are working to determine the cause of the fire.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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