Indian American mom, grandparents die in Queens, NY, house fire

Harleen Maggo
Harleen Maggo; image via Facebook

Firefighters rescue the woman’s 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-boy from house.

Three Indian Americans died in Queens Village, NY, as a house was gutted by a fast-spreading fire. Two children were rescued by firefighters.

The New York City Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Gala identified the diseased as Harleen “Manni” Maggo and her paternal grandparents Ragvir Kaur-Kainth, 82, and Pyara Kainth, 87.

He said that Maggo’s 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy were trapped in the building but were rescued.

The girl remains in critical condition, while the boy’s condition is stable. Both are currently receiving medical treatment at Nassau University Medical Center, said fire officials.

According to media reports, the fire broke just before midnight on Saturday. There were seven other relatives of the family inside the home, who were there to celebrate an upcoming wedding in the family.

According to the New York Daily News, the second floor of the house was completely engulfed in flames as people ran out of the building. Voices of people who were still trapped could be heard from outside.

One of the eyewitnesses told the newspaper that he saw one occupant jumping out from the second floor of the burning building.

The other relatives who were inside the building are reportedly out of danger, though some of them suffered serious injuries.

Maggo, who lived with her husband in their newly bought house in Hollis, was visiting her grandparents as the family was celebrating an upcoming marriage of one of their relatives.

According to the account of Param Singh, brother of Maggo, she came out of the burning house but decided to make a re-entry after knowing that her grandparents are still trapped inside.

He also added that her children were doing better with one still breathing with assistance Sunday afternoon.

One Comment

  1. kushal kumar

    An Indian – origin woman and her grandparents died when fire broke out in their house in New York on 30 April 2018. About seven other persons are also reported to have sustained injuries for which they are getting treatment in an hospital. A heart-rending tragedy indeed. This writer prays for peace to the departed souls while spiritual strength to the affected family members left behind by the deceased. However , it may be apt to mention this Vedic astrology writer’s alert of 11 October , 2017 , of fire in New York in May 2018 for more care and appropriate strategy through article – “ Astrological probable alerts for the United States in 2018”- published in monthly Webzine of Wisdom Magazine from the US at on 1 December , 2017. The alert in the said article had said that in May 2018 , there may be need for more care and strategy against fire in New York.

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