Boy Killed in Suspicious Queens (NY) House Fire

Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

Wes Parnell

New York Daily News


A suspicious house fire killed a 9-year-old Queens boy Sunday morning, sources said.

Firefighters found Matthew Pichardo unconscious inside the two-story home on Hillmeyer Ave. near Beach 69th St. in the Arverne section of the Rockaways about 6:25 a.m., officials said.

The boy and three other victims were rushed to St. Johns Hospital where Matthew died. The others victims are in stable condition, officials said.

The two-alarm blaze ripped through the building, leaving the second floor completely charred and burned out. It took 106 firefighters an hour to bring the blaze under control, officials said.

Officials are still investigating the fire but have deemed it suspicious and are investigating whether it was a case of arson, according to sources.

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

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