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Fire in Bronx: Three children die and five in critical condition

Fire in Bronx: Three children die and five in critical condition

Four Dead, Including Three Children, in Bronx Fire, Officials Say

The New York City Fire Department has said that three children died and five are in critical condition in the fire in the Bronx on Thursday that also injured five adults. The fire began at the bottom of a fire escape and quickly spread out of control as firefighters tried to get to the floor. The fire is believed to have started when a candle or matches left unattended. At least two adults were killed in the blaze.

The fire was brought under control at about 7:45 p.m. and firefighters from the NYPD-Fire Department were called in to extinguish the fire, an FDNY spokesperson tells NPR. Firefighters from all three boroughs were on the scene.

A neighbor told the New York Times that the couple who lived at the apartment — the fire was first reported Friday — were out of town on vacation and that neighbors say the fire started when their children were unwisely left unattended as the family took a trip to Florida.

It’s believed that the children were playing a game with a younger sibling and lit a candle or some matches that ignited a small fire. The fire department says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have started when someone left an unsecured candle or matches on a fire escape without any adult supervision.

The children — who were between the ages of eight and 12 years old — were taken to the hospital.

The New York Fire Department says the fire is being treated as an in-progress fire, but may affect other structures in the building.

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