Woman, 3 Children Dead In Brooklyn House Fire

Brooklyn Fire Update: Multiple Casualties, Including 5 Firefighters

A mother and three children, ages 11, 7 and 3, died early Monday in a fast-moving New York City house fire that also left the children's father and two teenagers in critical condition.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 8,690 residential fires started by candles, per year between 2011 and 2015.

The flames spread quickly, traveling up the stairs to the second floor and continuing up to the attic where two bedrooms were located, according to the New York Times.

One witness told the media: "The fire was like five feet on top of the house, that big was the fire". He said that firefighters were met with flames at the front door but "pushed in very aggressively" because they knew people were inside. "They weren't able to do that". The father, his teenage son and a cousin were critically injured, but survived. After Azan reached the ground, he entered the burning building and was severely injured as he attempted to rescue his wife and other children.

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The father, a 16-year-old female, and a 15-year-old male were taken to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition while two other boys, 13- and 12-years-old, were transported to Maimonides Hospital with minor injuries, according to the Post. The bodies of the deceased are being flown to Israel for burial.

The father was the manager of a Coney Island clothing store called "Hat Box", according to one of his friends, 59-year-old Avi Navon.

Commissioner Nigro said the fire appears to be accidental.

Firefighters did not reveal the cause of the fire.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to be cautious with decorations, electric lights, candles and space heaters during the winter months and the holidays.

Neighbors said the family kept the menorah in a living room window throughout the eight-day holiday, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights.

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