You are reading

Man Killed After Fire Rips Through East Elmhurst Home Sunday

Wikimedia Commons via Nrbelex CC BY-SA 2.5

May 18, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A man was killed after a fire ripped through his East Elmhurst home Sunday afternoon.

Merle Springer, 57, was inside the second floor of a two-story wood-frame house on 24-32 96th St. when the fire broke out, according to the FDNY.

The FDNY was alerted to the blaze at 1:08 p.m. and arrived on the scene a short time after.

They discovered Springer trapped inside the building. He was unconscious and unresponsive.

Firefighters pulled Springer from the house and EMS transported him to Elmhurst General Hospital.

He was later pronounced dead, according to the police.

Springer lived in the building with his 81-year-old mother, who managed to escape from the building unharmed, police said.

Firefighters got the blaze under control at 2:02 p.m., according to an FDNY spokesperson.

The Medical Examiner will ultimately determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.