Mom,17-Month-Old Daughter Killed in Mount Vernon House Fire: Officials

A 17-month-old girl and mother were killed in a house fire Sunday in Mount Vernon, officials said. 

Firefighters saw the entire second floor of the house on 13th Avenue engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading quickly when they arrived at 3:40 a.m.

The bodies of Nina Bryant, who was in her early 30s, and her daughter, Nadia, were found just before 5 a.m., officials said.

Another person was taken to Montefiore Hospital-Mount Vernon but was expected to survive.

"I rushed over to my neighbor and get the two kids out and asked if anyone else was in the house and they told me the lady and her baby is upstairs," neighbor Barovier Anderson told NBC New York. "But when I go to the front door my fire extinguisher couldn't manage so I had to go back."

Authorities said eight other people lived in the home -- four generations of a family. No others were injured. 

"The devastating loss of a young mother and child is something no one should ever have to bear," Mayor Richard Thomas said. "Our prayers are with the survivors and we extend them our deepest condolences and commitment to assist during this difficult moment."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More than 35 firefighters from the New Rochelle, Pelham and Eastchester fire departments were battling the blaze, officials said.

The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church are assisting the displaced residents.

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