A fire tore through a house in Brooklyn, New York just after midnight early Saturday morning, killing seven siblings ages, 5 to 15, and critically injured their sister, 14, and mother.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by a hot plate that was left on to keep food warm. ‘This is the largest tragedy by fire that the city has had in seven years,’ New York Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a Saturday morning news conference.
Firefighters received a call at 12:23am about the fire at a home in Midwood in Brooklyn. Over 100 firefighters responded, they were able to control the fire at around 1:30am. The blaze is believed to have started in the kitchen, when a hot plate that was left on caught fire.
A smoke detector was found in the home’s basement, but it is believed there were no smoke detectors on the first or second floor.
Please keep yourself and your loved one safe, and follow these three top fire tips provided by the FDNY:
1. INSTALL SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Test them often to make sure they work. Replace the batteries at least twice a year when you change your clock for daylight saving time.
2. HAVE A HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Develop a home escape plan with your family in case of fire. Practice it. Have a pre-arranged meeting place somewhere outside.
3. CONDUCT A SAFETY INSPECTION
Conduct a safety inspection of potential fire hazards in the home. Eliminate them. Make every room fire safe
Have you checked if your smoke detectors are working lately?