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NEW YORK — A weekend fire ripped through a Queens home that was being shared by four generations of a family, killing three people and critically injuring three others, including an 8-year-old girl, authorities said.

In all, firefighters removed 11 people from the charred home.

The fire broke out about five minutes before midnight Saturday, and it took 138 firefighters nearly 90 minutes to get it under control. The cause remains under investigation.

Everyone on the quiet stretch of 211th Street knew the Kainth family.

"All of these houses are like family," said Doreen Ramnauth, 70, who lives two doors down. "It was like, you can't even describe it. It was extremely bad."


All 11 people were taken to hospitals, where three were pronounced dead — an 82-year-old woman, an 87-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman, police said. Their identities were not immediately released.

The critically injured child remained at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, and two men, both in their 50s, were in critical condition at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, police said.