The fire broke out in an apartment on Wexford Terrace in Jamaica Hills just before 5:30 a.m.
A 62-year-old man identified as Henry Schwan was found dead inside, while his 87-year-old mother was rushed to New York Hospital of Queens in stable condition.
The fire, which was contained to the one second-floor apartment, was quickly brought under control.
Neighbors said they heard a noise around 5:45 a.m. They didn't see a lot of flames, but there were tremendous amounts of smoke billowing from the windows of the apartment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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