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One-Year-Old Queens Baby Dies in Fire that Ripped Through an Illegally Divided House.


A family in Queens, New York is mourning the loss of a very young family member today after a fire ripped through their home.


According to Pix11, first responders were called to the home on 106th Avenue in Jamaica just before 11 p.m. Sunday. After the fire was put out, they found the baby unconscious and unresponsive in one of the top floors of the home, police said.


The boy, identified as Jason Eli, was rushed to a hospital, but he could not be saved.


The school where Eli’s mother works started a GoFundMe page to help support the grieving family.


“Our school is raising money for teacher’s assistant Renatha Lewis, whose son Jason Eli died tragically in a fire on May 14, 2023. Jason Eli was only 1 year old. He is survived by his mother, father and two siblings. The family has also lost their home and all possessions. They are in dire need of support at this time,” the fundraising page states.



Investigators were called out to inspect the structure this morning and made several unusual discoveries. Inspectors said they found significant fire damage in the attic, including charred rafters, holes in the roof, and holes in the ceiling below the attic.


They also discovered the single-family home had been illegally converted into 5 single-room units, according to the DOB. A full vacate order was issued as a result, per the DOB.


The American Red Cross offered relocation assistance to those displaced by the fire.


At this time, there has been no official cause determined for the fire and no date set for the child's funeral.

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