Seven children die in New York fire
SEVEN children were killed following when a raging fire destroyed a home in New York this morning.
The children aged between five and 15 died when the blaze ripped through the home on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn in the early hours of the morning.
The mother of at the children and her teenager daughter were critically injured in the incident.
One child died at the scene while six other died while being rushed to hospital.
More than 100 Fire Department New York firefighters tackled the blaze while volunteer Hatzolah paramedics and other medical workers tried to save the victims.
“Two of the children weren’t breathing when they brought them out. The firefighters were running with them down the street on stretchers,” said a Hatzolah volunteer at the scene.
“The mother was covered in soot. It’s horrible inside.”
Witnesses said they seen a young boy motionless on a stretcher being wheeled into an ambulance covered in ash.
“I knew it was bad news,” said neighbour Nate Weber.
“I just turned away. I didn’t even want to look.”
He said he heard the mother begging for people to help her trapped children.
“I heard a woman yelling, My kids are in there. Get them out! Get them out!” Weber told the New York Post.
A FDNY spokesman said 25 fire engines and other units attended the scene along with 106 firefighters and other personnel.
Firefighters received a call at 12:23 a.m. in the largely Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood.
It is understood the fire was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate.
The mother, who is aged in her 40s is being treated at Jacobi Medical Centre while her daughter is being treated at Staten Island University Hospital North.