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(NEW YORK POST) – A mother and three of her children were killed when a fast-moving fire ripped through their Brooklyn home early Monday – injuring 11 others, including the father and four other children, officials said.
The victims include a 40-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, all of whom were found on the second floor.
The blaze began about 2 a.m. in the two-story dwelling at 1945 E. 14th St. in Sheepshead Bay.
Five members of the same family managed to escape the flames, with some seen jumping from windows to save their lives.
The five surviving members of the family were rushed to area hospitals — including the 45-year-old father, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy who were taken to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition.
The girl apparently shattered her pelvis diving out the window, officials said.
Two other boys, 13 and 12, were taken to Maimonides Hospital with less severe injuries, officials said.
The names of the family members were not immediately released.
Seven firefighters were also injured battling the blaze, officials said, including three who were seriously injured.
Their injuries included smoke inhalation and burns, officials said.
“It was huge, it was unbelievable, and the father was standing in front of the house. He was covered in black. He was more than upset,” said a witness.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the scene that the couple lived inside the house with their six children. One cousin was spending the night with them, he added.
“It was early morning, everyone in the home was asleep,” Nigro said, according to WCBS. “The fire gets started and it got a good start before a neighbor noticed and called us.
“The fire traveled very quickly,” he said. “The fire went from the first-floor front, up the stairs to the second, again up the stairs to the attic.”
Nigro said “our city grieves with this family today.”
“This is a terrible tragedy, not just for this community, but for our city. This time of year, when these things strike, it just tears your heart out for the family,” Nigro said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, the FDNY said.