The Queens Blaze that killed a 6-year-old boy and his 65-year-old father earlier this week was accidental – and the smoke alarm was not activated in the home, FDNY confirmed.
The morning fire, which started in a house on 157th Street near 46th Avenue in East Flushing, started in an outdoor shed and escalated to the back of the house, The department said.
Police said Stephen Blumling, 65, and Sean Blumling, 6, were found unconscious and unresponsive inside a back bedroom. Both were declared dead at the scene.
Investigators confirmed the house had a smoke alarm, but it was not active.
According to police sources, the boy’s twin brother survived the explosion and was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
Sources said his 41-year-old mother refused to seek medical attention for smoke inhalation.
FDNY said two firefighters suffered minor injuries – one was taken to Weil Cornell Medical Center and the other to Queens Hospital.
Smokers combated the flames for over an hour before putting the fire under control.