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Two toddlers die in Far Rockaway home fire

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Updated Monday, April 21, 3:35 p.m.

Two 4-year-old siblings died early Easter morning in an accidental fire at a Far Rockaway home, according to the FDNY.

Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire in the basement of a Bay 30th Street home at about 11:56 p.m. Saturday and the fire was under control by 1:17 a.m., officials said.

The cause of the blaze has been determined to be an accidental fire due to a child playing with fire, according to the FDNY.

Five people were removed from the two-story home, including 4-year-olds Jai’Luni Tinglin and Aniya Tinglin, who were taken to St. John’s Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The two toddlers were half-siblings, according to the NYPD.

Another 4-year old girl, Jai’Luni’s twin sister, was taken to St. John’s Hospital and is in stable condition. A 55-year-old woman was transported to Jamaica Hospital and a 63-year-old man, identified by police as the kid’s grandfather, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center. Both are listed in stable condition, cops said.

An FDNY officer was also transported to a nearby hospital with minor and none life threatening injuries, fire officials said.

According to a report published on the New York Post’s website Monday, the FDNY said that ambulances were delayed in responding to the deadly blaze.

“We are looking at the timeline and why it happened,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said, according to the Post.



[Update] Fire tears through Lenny’s Pizza

| mchan@queenscourier.com

Fire at Lenny's Pizza in Howard Beach

Flames engulfed a popular pizzeria in Howard Beach on Monday, October 17 — tearing through the entire neighborhood hot spot and leaving nearby residents in shock.

“It’s very sad. I think it’s very tragic, and I hope they’re able to rebuild,” said Maria, a neighbor on 91st Street who did not want to give her last name. “They’re a good part of the community and I know they do a lot of community service as well.”

At 7:47 a.m., firefighters in Battalion 39 responded to the one-alarm fire at Lenny’s Pizzeria on 164-02 Cross Bay Boulevard. Fire officials reported massive damages throughout and to the front of the store.

The building still stands, but the fire shattered all three major display windows and seared signs, wires, furniture and most of the restaurant’s interior. The front windows were boarded up as of Monday night, and debris strewn outside the store from the fire’s destruction was cleaned up.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, fire officials said.

There were no reported injuries.

“I feel really upset because that’s really good pizza,” said Alana Stewart, who lives adjacent to Lenny’s. “It’s upsetting that it’s not there anymore.”

Stewart — a loyal Lenny’s fan who eats there at least three times a week — said she was at school when the fire occurred, but soon heard the news.

“We’re going to have to wait a while for it to come back,” she said.

But the wait won’t be easy for a lot of the restaurant’s regulars.

“It’s a good restaurant. I’m going to miss it,” said another customer Ralph Morea. “We go there all the time. We don’t go to any other pizzeria, and we won’t go anywhere else in the meantime.”