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Horrific house fire in Queens claims life of father and his six-year-old son

A fast moving fire on the first floor killed a father and son at 54-47 157 St. in Queens on Feb. 15, 2021.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Tragedy struck a Queens family on Monday morning when a house fire claimed the life of a father and his six-year-old son, and left another child fighting for his life.

The Fire Department said the blaze broke out at about 1:12 a.m. on Feb. 15 inside the first floor of a two-story home on 157th Street between 45th and 46th Avenues in Flushing.

Sixty firefighters from 12 units responded to the inferno, along with the 109th Precinct. While battling the inferno, police said, firefighters found 65-year-old Stephen Blumling and his six-year-old son, Shawn Blumling, inside the residence, unconscious and unresponsive. 

Both victims were pulled from the home, but were pronounced dead by EMS units. 

Fire marshals at the scene of a deadly house fire in Flushing, Queens on Feb. 15, 2021.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Firefighters also rescued another six-year-old boy, believed to be another Stephen Blumling’s sons, with burns to his body. Paramedics rushed him to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, where he’s listed in stable condition.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, the Fire Department said. They were brought to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

The blaze was finally brought under control at about 2:22 a.m. Monday morning. Fire marshals are now investigating what ignited the deadly inferno.

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