Fire kills seven children at home in Brooklyn

New York Fire Department Commissioner calls fire in Brooklyn house that killed seven children a tragedy.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MARCH 21, 2015) (NBC) – Seven children died as flames ripped through a house in New York’s Brooklyn borough early on Saturday (March 21), an emergency official said.

Witnesses told the New York Daily News that the children, aged five to 15, were trapped inside as their mother jumped out of a window.

Daniel Nigro, New York Fire Department commissioner called the incident a tragedy.

“The mother and the oldest daughter self evacuated; they were out of the house upon our arrival. The seven children were still in their rooms upstairs. Firefighters forced their way in, extinguished fire on the first floor, which had started in the kitchen, pushed upstairs and found the children in their bedrooms in the back of the home. This is the largest tragedy by fire that this city has had in seven years. We did have the gas explosion in Harlem last year. Seven children lost their lives this morning at this occasion, this very tragic occasion. It’s a tragedy for this family, it’s a tragedy for this community, it’s a tragedy for our city.”

He added there appeared to be no smoke detectors on the first or second floors of the home.

An adult and another child were taken to hospital in a critical condition, New York Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella said.

More than 100 firefighters turned out to battle the blaze in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood just before 12:30 a.m. local time (0430gmt) and brought it under control within an hour.