Brooklyn house fire kills woman, children, officials say

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Three children and their mother died early Monday in a house fire in Brooklyn.

The fire on East 14th Street in Sheepshead Bay was discovered and called in at around 2:00 a.m.

The woman was 40 years old and the children were two boys, 11 and 7, and a 3-year-old girl, police said. He was left badly burned and said to be clinging to life at the burn unit at Staten Island University Hospital.

According to Missaskim founder, Jack Meyer, Mr Azan's 16-year-old daughter, Shalit, and 15-year-old son Daniel, remained hospitalized with in critical condition.

"So often, tragedy strikes at this time of year, and the holidays make it that much more hard because our communities should be celebrating, not mourning", Nigro said in a statement, urging people to be safe.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 8,690 residential fires started by candles, per year between 2011 and 2015.

'The fire traveled very quickly.

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Two firefighters were among the 10 individuals hurt as the blazes spread from the second floor to the upper room.

At least one of the kids, a teen boy, was seen leaping from the burning building. The others escaped through a side door. Seven firefighters were also injured during the incident, the Post adds.

The father, Yosi Azam, managed to shepherd three other children and a young cousin to safety.

The family who lived in the home are Jewish, and the tragedy comes in the middle of the Hanukkah holiday.

Commissioner Nigro said the fire appears to be accidental.

"This is a bad tragedy, not just for this community, but for our city", Nigro said. This time of year, when these things strike, it just tears your heart out for the family, ' Nigro said.

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