A house fire that broke out after midnight in Brooklyn killed seven children, the oldest one 15. A woman believed to be the mother of all the kids survived, as did a teenage daughter, by jumping out a window. Fire officials say that a hot plate left on in the kitchen appears to have started the fire about 12:30am. The hot plate was likely turned on yesterday to keep food warm ahead of the Sabbath, when the Orthodox Jewish family would not have turned on ovens or appliances, reports the New York Post. “I heard a woman yelling, 'My kids are in there! Get them out! Get them out!” a neighbor tells the Daily News.
Authorities say the 45-year-old suffered burns and is now in a hyperbaric chamber. Both she and her daughter were in critical condition. Four boys ages 5, 6, 7, and 11 were killed, along with three girls ages 8, 12, and 15. Authorities are trying to reach the father, who was thought to be out of town at a conference, reports AP. "There is a smoke detector in the basement that was located, but we did not see evidence on the first or second floor," says FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. (Read more fire stories.)