Death of toddler locked inside burning vehicle ruled a homicide

Fatal car fire Propane tank and chains found inside car

The girl was living with her mother in Queens, according to Pix 11.

A three-year-old girl died after being pulled from a burning vehicle Sunday in Queens. Cops are questioning a person of interest.

Little Zoey Pereira was left inside the 2008 Audi sedan - which was chained shut - when it went up in flames shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday near Baisley Boulevard and 155th Street.

"FDNY firefighters extinguished the flames and then discovered an unconscious 3-year-old child in the rear seat", NYPD Deputy Chief Joseph Gallucci said.

Three-year-old Zoey Pereira was found on the backseat of the vehicle, fire officials said.

The back doors of the cars were chained shut, Fox News reports.

There were two fuel canisters and a propane tank inside the auto, firefighters said.

A 3-year-old girl is dead after being found in a burning auto in New York City, The Associated Press reported.

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The heat from the fire had melted the handle and released the latch, allowing firefighters to open the door and pull the girl out.

'I heard a boom, like something explode.

"After they brought the little girl out of the auto, we started telling them that there's somebody that got caught on fire that might need help, that they should go into the park", another witness, Owen Johnson, added.

A 39-year-old Valley Stream man, who sustained burns throughout his body, was found a short distance away near Baisely Pond, police said.

"He was on a stretcher, he's burned", Silvera told the Post.

"[She] looked white. So burned".

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Pereira's parents also had a history of some domestic violence, according to the New York Daily News.

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