2 Children Killed in Queens House Fire; 5 Others Injured

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 3:32 PM EDT
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Neighbors and fire officials talk about the tragedy in Queens Thursday morning.

Neighbors and fire officials talk about the tragedy in Queens Thursday morning.

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A fast-moving house fire in Queens killed two children and injured five others Thursday morning.

Fire officials say they got the call of a fire on 182nd Street in Springfield Gardens at about 9:20 a.m. A 2-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother were pulled from the flames and rushed to Jamaica Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.  It appears they died of smoke inhalation.

Two other children and three adults were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The extent of the others' injuries wasn't immediately clear.   Fire officials said there were a total of six kids living in the house, and two were at school when the blaze erupted.

Neighbors described the scene.

"I could smell smoke. So I called my daughter and I told her that it looks like a fire.  And she was about to take the kids to school. So she came out and looked around and there's nothing. Then I looked through the window and saw the smoke coming out from our neighbor's house."

Fire officials got the fire under control just after 9:50 a.m.   It appears the blaze began in a first floor bedroom, officials said. 

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire in the two-story home. No further details were immediately available.

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