Three young children were injured, one of them critically, when flames erupted at an eight-story apartment building in Brooklyn Tuesday morning, fire officials say.
Authorities say the two-alarm fire broke out in a fourth-floor apartment in the Loring Avenue building in City Line shortly after 11 a.m. The critically injured child, who is 3, was found in a bedroom.
The other injured children, ages 5 and 8, were found in another bedroom. Firefighters cut through a window grate to pull them out. They were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Fire officials say it appears the children were related and that they were being watched by their grandfather at the time of the fire. He got out of the apartment himself and was taken to the hospital along with a neighbor who was being treated for smoke inhalation.
Around the same time they responded to the Brooklyn fire, firefighters were called to a two-alarm fire on the fourth floor of the 12-story Latham Hotel on East 28th Street in the Flatiron district.
No injuries were reported and the fire was quickly contained.