Investigators sift through wreckage after fire that killed 5
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 16:15
On Sunday, a fire broke out at a two-story Queens home and killed at least five people, three of which were children.
Fire officials said no smoke detectors were found inside the wood-framed home, built in 1920, and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the youngest victim was 2 years old and the oldest was 21, but the age of one was still unknown, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
The first four victims were related, according to authorities, though the exact details of those relationships remain under investigation.
"It's so hard, I didn't expect this", Khan said, speaking through heavy tears. The flames were so intense that the black smoke drew neighbors from their homes, and the flames could be seen by firefighters before they arrived, leading them to call in extra crews.
The person who fell from the window was a man who hit a porch roof, then landed on the lawn, Nigro said.
New York Fire Department personnel stand outside the scene of a deadly fire Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Queens Village in New York that killed multiple people, including children.
"It's an incredibly hard moment to see a family literally destroyed before their very eyes", Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The FDNY said the four firefighters were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries.
A neighboring home also caught fire and was badly damaged, but no one was inside at the time.
"It's a awful, tragic loss", Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said at a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio near the burned-out house.
Carletta Cantres, 47, who lives a few houses down, called to the children, asking if they could jump, but they didn't answer her, she said, adding that it looked like they could have been pinned against the window. "Today, the fire department mourns with this community and the loss of five people in this home". The guy who was carrying the baby out, you could just see the stress on his face.
The fire represented the worst loss of life in a single blaze since a house fire in the Midwood area of Brooklyn killed seven children in March 2015.
By nightfall Sunday, neighbors who'd been standing in horror outside had gone back into their homes, and first responders had blocked off the street as they continued to investigate. "The landing was hard, but we braced his fall", Gordon said.
"She is a good mother", she said.
Thirty-nine FDNY units and 168 personnel fought Sunday's blaze before it was declared under control at 4:25 p.m., officials said.