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Queens landlord found dead after Ozone Park fire

Firefighters were able to control the blaze in a matter of hours, but the landlord didn’t make it to safety, his body having been found inside the building.
(Image via Flickr)
(Image via Flickr)

A Queens landlord is dead after a fire began in the basement where he was sleeping.

First responders were called at 2:36 a.m. on Sunday to an Ozone Park home where firefighters were able to control the blaze in a matter of hours, but Mohinvei Singh, 68, didn’t make it to safety, his body having been found inside the building.

“I think they were not able to see where he was sleeping,” said resident Harish Kumari to CBS2. “The wife came out, but she couldn’t find him. So, we were asking her where he is, she said he’s somewhere in there, we can’t see, it’s all smoke.”

The blaze awoke two first floor tenants who said smoke began to pour into their apartment.

"I was sleeping, she woke me up, it was all smoky so we just rushed downstairs," said tenant Harish Kumari to ABC 7, referring to the other resident. "I didn't know what to do so I just put my flip flops on and came out."

Authorities are still investigating what caused the fire.