Two Toddlers Among Three Dead in Brooklyn Fire

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 11:23 PM EDT
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Massive Fire Kills Father and Two Toddlers

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Firefighters inspect the burned out building where two children and one adult perished in a fire.

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Massive Fire Kills Father and Two Toddlers

The initial call on this fire sent firefighters to a location one block over.But they say that's not what delayed getting help here.Tonight workmen carried plywood into 654 St. Marks Avenue in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, to board up the apartment where a fire killed a father and his two young children.Neighbors calling it a tragedy made if sadder by the fact fire department investigators say it appears the father tried to fight the fire himself and never called 911.It was a teacher at a nearby school who noticed the smoke billowing out of the rear of building around 12:30 this afternoon and called for help.When firefighters arrived they say there was a lot of smoke, but not much actual fire in the sixth floor apartment.But they quickly realized they were facing a potential rescue situation.But it was too late to save a 43-year old man, his two-year old son and 3-year old daughter.The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
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Two children and an adult have died after a blaze swept through a six-story building in Brooklyn.

The fire started at 654 St. Marks Place in Crown Heights at around 12:30 p.m., authorities said.

The fire broke out at that time in the top floor of the residence, in a bedroom, and firefighters had it under control by 1 p.m.

The victims were a 2-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 43-year-old man, believed to be their father. They were transported to an nearby hospital where they later died, police said. Their names have not been released.

Horrified neighbors watched as firefighters brought out the children. "When they brought the first child out, the child was limp — it looked like a rag," Chaquama Carr, 34, told the Daily News.

About 75 firefighters responded to the blaze. The cause is under investigation.

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