Eleven people were injured, four critically, Monday morning after a fire broke out inside a two-family home in Queens.
The New York City Fire Department says flames broke out around 1:45 a.m. on the top floor of the two-story house located at 169-03 65th Avenue in Fresh Meadows.
Fire officials say it started in the kitchen and spread to the back of the house.
"Fire started in the kitchen. The victims were in the rear bedrooms. Some had tried to come out of their rooms and became unconscious," said FDNY Deputy Chief Mark Ferran.
Four people were transported to a local hospital in critical condition, including a mother and her child who were upstairs.
The homeowner, David Adurakhammov, tells NY1 he lives on the lower floor with his family, and that his upstairs tenants had company over for Passover.
He says he was woken by his wife after she heard the smoke alarm.
"It was smoke from the back on the side of the house from the window, the fire was gushing from it and the smoke," Adurakhammov said.
Next door neighbors say they're thankful the fire was contained to just one home.
"My sister and I were still awake and I heard really loud noises. I was tweeting about this too. I was wondering what it was. I heard windows shatter as well," said Kate Lee, a neighbor.
"Yeah I slept through it but I thought I heard firetrucks in the middle of the night but I wasn't quite sure," said Valeriao Ospina, a neighbor.
Seven other people suffered minor injuries, including one firefighter.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.