Two adults and three children are dead in Queens, NY after a house caught fire from a car parked next to it on Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The fire department says they found a two-year-old boy, a nine-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and two adults; a 20-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man.
Firefighters responded within four minutes, but it was too late to save two of the children, who were stuck in the attic, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
— FDNY (@FDNY) April 23, 2017
Neighbors were horrified by the sight of the home in flames and the mother of the the two boys crying out for her babies on the lawn.
Neighbor Foster McPhee, 67, will no doubt be forever haunted by what he witnessed. “The baby was burned literally to a crisp. The guy who was carrying the baby out, you could just see the stress on his face. I’m just emotional about it because I’m a grandfather and I have kids, too,” he said.
Another neighbor, Denise Coleman, told reporters how firefighters struggled to rescue the children. “People were screaming, get them out,” she said. “The whole sky was black. The firefighters carried some of the children out. They were limp, the whole house was on fire.”
It was so bad that firefighters had to jump out of windows, and an hour after it started, the home next door caught fire, too.
The fire is under control, according to a New York Fire Department spokesperson who noted that no firefighters were physically injured on the scene. They were, however, traumatized and fighting back tears as neighbors consoled them and each other.
Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived on the scene around 5:30pm on Sunday, calling it the biggest loss of life in a New York City fire in two years.
“Our job now is to get down to the bottom of what happened and do everything we can to make sure that no family ever suffers like this again,” he commented in a tweet.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 23, 2017
H/T: Daily Mail
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