Photo Courtesy of FDNY
More than 200 firefighters battled the five-alarm fire.
By Michael V. Cusenza
High speed wind gusts helped a stubborn blaze quickly whip through multiple Richmond Hill homes Friday afternoon, leaving three members of the same family dead in its wake, according to the City Fire Department and published reports.
The bodies of Nandaraj Persaud, 59, his wife Bibi Salima, 53, and their son, Devon, 22, were discovered in their home at 104-18 125th St. after the five-alarm fire had been extinguished. More than 200 firefighters were needed to battle the wild inferno, officials said.
FDNY and construction crews were still on the scene Monday night. The entire block has been cordoned off to vehicular traffic since Friday.
On Sunday, a cousin of Bibi Salima created a GoFundMe page to help the family left behind pick up the pieces.
“This family perished in the fire and did not deserve to die like this,” Abid Ally wrote. “They were always so welcoming, treated everyone like family, and always tried their best to put a smile on everyone’s faces. It is our duty as human beings to give them the same love and care that they shared with everyone. We want to give them a send off and final resting place together that they deserve. We also want to be able to alleviate the economic and financial stress on their son, Boyo.”
For more information, visit gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-rajjab-persaud-family?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1.