FDNY officials discovered a body in the attic after returning to a burnt-out home in Queens on Saturday.
The fire broke out Friday just after 5 a.m. on 40-46 Case Street in Elmhurst.
Wali Ullah says for the past 24 hours, in his gut, he knew his cousin, Golam Saroar did not survive the fire. "To be honest, I really wish that's not him. You know, I really wish. But as far as I can see what's going on," Ullah says.
It took more than a hundred firefighters to get flames under control. Seven firefighters were hurt.
"During the course of the fire, we had an interior stair collapse, which caused a serious injury to one of our members," says Deputy Assistant Chief Wayne Cartwright. A spokesperson for the FDNY says the victim's family asked police to check the building again around 5 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters arrived back on scene within an hour.