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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Guyanese couple killed in Queens fire

DEAD: JOE AND GLORIA GENT

A GUYANESE couple, who had been married for some 40 years, died after an early morning fire ripped through their home in Queens, New York, yesterday, a relative in Guyana said.

The fire burned for more than an hour, trapping and killing 63-year-old Joe Gent and his 61-year-old wife Gloria.

The man’s sister, Veeronica Whittaker, said he suffered a stroke a few years ago and a New York news network said his limited mobility may have made it difficult for him to get out in time. He died at the scene, while his wife died later at the hospital.

The Gents lived in the house on Beach 12th Street in Far Rockaway for some 20 years.

"When units arrived, they found a heavy fire in the basement but also on the first floor,” said FDNY Battalion Chief George Healy. “Shortly thereafter, two occupants were discovered on the first floor. They were removed. One occupant was taken to the hospital where they were declared deceased. The other one was declared at the scene," he was quoted by NY1 News as saying.

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