3 children among 5 killed in devastating New York City blaze

Five people were killed Sunday when an extra-alarm fire swept through a two-story house in Queens, New York, CBS New York reports. Local TV news footage showed flames chewing through the roof and roaring in upstair rooms of the house.

Fire crews were today seeking clues to the cause of the blaze at a house in Queens Village yesterday afternoon.

"We don't have all the answers that we want to have about what happened here", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference at the scene on Sunday.

Fire officials said a 46-year-old adult, who jumped through a second-floor window, was the only resident at the time who survived the fire.

The youngest child and another person were in the attic, which Nigro said was a very hard place for firefighters to reach in the burning inferno.

Firemen carried a limp child from the wreckage of the house and neighbour Foster McPhee, 67, told the New York Post: "It was the worst thing I've ever seen in my life". No working smoke detectors were found in the home, authorities said.

Firefighters pulled Lipford and one of the other victims from the attic, but neither made it, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday.

"I was yelling for the kids, 'Are you in there?' " Benjamin Gordon, 45, said. Witnesses said they saw flames on the first floor, climbing to the second floor.

Four of the victims were related and one, Melody Edwards, was a close family friend, a relative said.

"This is a awful and sad time", Nigro said.

Nigro tells the Daily News that firefighters were taking the tragedy hard. The fire was so intense he could not get back inside to help the victims.

Witnesses reported hearing a series of loud booms and saw someone tumble from a second-story window during a New York City fire that killed five people, including three children. "The landing was hard, but we braced his fall", Gordon said.

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It's the largest loss of life in a fire since seven children were killed in a house fire in Midwood in 2015.

Firefighters tried to save the family even as the rescuers mourned one of their own, firefighter William Tolley, who died Thursday after falling five stories while battling a blaze in Queens.

  • Salvatore Jensen