NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s fire commissioner says a malfunctioning hotplate may have caused a fire that left seven children dead when it tore through a home in a heavily Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the deceased range in age from 5 to 15 years old. Nigro says a woman and teen who jumped from the second floor are hospitalized in critical condition.
Nigro says the woman is believed to be the mother of all eight children.
The fire broke out early Saturday at a single-family home in Midwood, a leafy section of Brooklyn known for its low crime and large Orthodox Jewish population.
Nigro says the hotplate was left on because of sabbath prohibitions against cooking.
More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze and brought it under control at around 1:30 a.m, about an hour after it was reported.