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5 dead, including 3 children, in New York City house fire

5 dead, including 3 children, in New York City house fire

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a deadly, fast-moving house fire that killed five people, including three children, on a sunny spring afternoon.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes in the middle class neighborhood of Queens Village, a neighborhood near Belmont Park, which hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg in horse racing's Triple Crown. Television news footage showed flames chewing through the roof of the two-story home and roaring in upstairs rooms of the house as smoke poured from it.

"It was a fire that moved very, very quickly, and the loss was horrendous," said Mayor Bill de Blasio....

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