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4-Year-Old Brother, Sister Killed After Playing With Fire
Authorities say half-siblings accidentally set basement blaze
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 21, 2014 5:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – A basement blaze that killed 4-year-old half-siblings was accidentally set by children playing with fire, authorities said yesterday. The twin of one of the children survived the blaze that was reported to authorities just before midnight Saturday in a two-story brick home in the Far Rockaway section of Queens. Authorities wouldn't elaborate on exactly what caused the blaze.

Within minutes of police and firefighters arriving, the children were carried outside and rescue workers tried to resuscitate them as neighbors watched. Two 4-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were pronounced dead at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Police identified the boy as Jai'Launi Tinglin and the girl as Ayini Tinglin. They shared the same father. Their 4-year-old sister—Jai'Launi's twin—was hospitalized in stable condition at St. John's. The children's 63-year-old grandfather and a 55-year-old woman were listed in stable condition at other hospitals.

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Apr 22, 2014 7:59 AM CDT
Better ban matches, kids might get a hold of them.
Apr 22, 2014 2:06 AM CDT
Let me get this straight. The father had three children who are all four years old...with two different women. So he got these two women pregnant within months of each other. All three children were alone in a basement at midnight and they had access to something that starts fires. I'm sorry for the dad's loss but he's not going to win any parenting awards.
Apr 21, 2014 6:59 PM CDT
Maybe if there was a Neighborhood Watch they could have put out the fire quicker.