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Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Fire in Queens

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Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in Queens Sunday.

The New York City Fire Department says that the fire broke out in a vacant house in Richmond Hill shortly before noon.

They say the fire then spread to a neighboring house, where people do live.

Neighbors say the vacant house is a hotspot for squatters and homeless people, and was the scene of another fire last year.

"Last year, the same time, a gentleman was found dead in the backyard, the house was on fire, and now again today," said neighbor Loretta Hickson. "The homeless keep staying in the backyard. They're doing all kind of bad things. We've called the police and we've complained as neighbors. No one ever comes out to do anything, and I just think it's so sad."

"We put a heavy commitment into the occupied multiple dwelling to make sure no fire got into that building, and then we did an exterior operation on the vacant because of collapse concerns," said Deputy Chief James Didomenico of the FDNY. "Within about an hour, we had everything under control."

Officials say some firefighters suffered minor injuries.

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