3 children, mother die in Brooklyn house fire

The fire

The fire

The fire was reminiscent of a 2015 conflagration that killed seven children of another Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn. FDNY FIre Marshal and FDNY Commissioner, Daniel Nigro inspect the scene of the fire.

Ten other people were injured in the fire.

Avi Navon, a friend of the family whose house was gutted by fire, right, stops by to see the scene, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of NY.

Firefighters found the bodies of the mother Aliza Azan, 40, and her 3-year-old daughter, Henrietta, together in a bedroom on the second floor.

Friends and neighbors say the family was known to light menorah candles in celebration of Hanukkah.

The father and two teenagers were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

In all, nine people were in the house: the couple, their six children and a cousin.

The Azan family in Israel

Relatives told investigators that the Azan family had an oil-fed menorah inside the first-floor room at 1946 E. 14th St.in Sheepshead Bay. The other two people made it out alive.

Nigro praised the father, who got two teenaged children out of the house before he heroically went back into the raging blaze in hopes of saving his wife and other kids.

"A very nice lady", he told The New York Times. "We will continue working with FDNY to promote fire safety, especially during the winter months when there's an increased risk of fires".

According to the New York Post, an eyewitness witness said, "It was huge, it was unbelievable, and the father was standing in front of the house. Hopefully, it didn't cost him his life also". Firefighters arrived in less than three minutes, and even by then, they were met by intense flames.

December is the peak time of the year for home candle fires, according to the NFPA, which said more than half of home candle fires happen when the flames are too close to combustible materials. The objective of the mayor's remarks was to place responsibility for safety entirely on the residents by urging them to be careful about "decorations, electric lights, candles, space heaters and other items".

"As a parent, it's impossible for me to imagine what this family is going through right now", said de Blasio, a Democrat.

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