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Dec 18, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Mother, 3 children killed in Brooklyn house fire

A mother and three of her children were killed in a Brooklyn blaze that ripped through their home and left 10 more injured Monday, officials said.

The family was asleep when the fire erupted in a home on E. 14th St. near Ave S. in Sheepshead Bay around 2:30 a.m., according to FDNY officials.

The 40-year-old woman died alongside her sons, ages 11 and 7, and daughter, 3, during the quick-moving fire, according to cops.

The father and surviving children — one of whom jumped from a window — escaped. Two more boys who were sleeping on the first floor were injured.

The father suffered critical burns.

“Its a terrible tragedy. It just tears your heart out,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “These things happen this time of year.”

Nigro said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

The surviving children are being questioned to determine what may have happened, he said.

At least five firefighters were injured as the flames spread from the first floor, second and then the attic. At least three were hospitalized with serious injuries, while others suffered minor injuries.

The firefighters suffered injuries ranging from burns, smoke inhalation and a broken pelvis.

The flames left much of the home scorched and firefighters were forced to sort through debris on the first floor and in the attic.

A neighbor, who declined to be identified, said he saw firefighters running into the home within minutes of the 911 call.

“There were big flames shooting out the front of the house,” he said. “Firefighters went straight into the fire.”

He did not see any of the residents.

A woman’s cries could be heard all the way to E. 13th St., where fire investigators could be seen gathered in a blacked room to the back of the home before dawn.

Mourners were ushered out of the home across the street from the fatal fire. Some were in hysterics as they were escorted down the block and into cars waiting for them on Ave. S.

Two men covered the face of a grief-stricken man in the convoy.

In addition to the Brooklyn incident, a blaze broke out in the Bronx late Sunday.

That fire sparked in a home along Simpson St. near Freeman St. in Foxhurst. Three people were sent to a local hospital in serious condition.

With John Annese

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