Blazing Brooklyn Fire Claims the Lives of 7 Children


Seven Brooklyn children – ranging from 5 to 14-years-old – were killed as a devastating fire ripped through their Bedford Ave. home early Saturday, officials said.

The 12:23 a.m. blaze tore through the Orthodox Jewish family’s home near Ave. L in Midwood officials said.

Neighbors say a mother and her eight children, were trapped in the inferno.

 One of the children died at the scene, FDNY officials said. The others died as they were rushed to area hospitals with severe burns. The 45-year-old mother was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and placed in a hyperbaric chamber, sources said. 

Her lone surviving child, a 15-year-old daughter, was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North in critical condition.

Four boys, ages 5, 6, 7 and 11 were killed. Three girls, ages 8, 12, 14, also died.

Witnesses say the mother screamed for someone to help rescue her children after she jumped from a window of the three-story home.

“I heard the mother yelling, ‘My kids are in there! My kids are in there! Get them out! Get them out!'” said Nate Weber, who lives a few doors down from the fire.

“The mother was outside. She was burned. She jumped out the window. There’s still blood on the floor.”

Weber said he knew when the acrid smoke hit his face that the outcome could be grave.

“I was standing in front of the house when the smoke just hit me. I saw the smoke and I knew it was bad news,” he said.

“I saw the EMT carrying people on the stretcher. I just turned away. I didn’t want to see that.”

The fire was declared under control at about 1:30 a.m.

The FDNY Fire Marshals are investigating, an FDNY official said.



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