Officials investigate Brooklyn blaze that killed mother, 3 children

Brooklyn Fire Update: Multiple Casualties, Including 5 Firefighters

Four people were killed and ten injured when an early morning fire tore through a home in Brooklyn, New York.

The fire on East 14th Street in Sheepshead Bay was discovered and called in at around 2:00 a.m.

Aliza Azan, 39, was found dead on the second floor of the single-family home, near the children who perished: 11-year-old Moshe; 7-year-old Yitzah and 3-year-old Henrietta. Three were taken to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition, and two others were hospitalized with minor injuries, the NYPD said.

Firefighters arrived within 2 1/2 minutes but Nigro said the flames were already "consuming" all three floors of the building.

This is a developing story.

"So often, tragedy strikes at this time of year, and the holidays make it that much more hard because our communities should be celebrating, not mourning", Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

A 45-year-old husband and his 40-year-old wife lived in the house with their six children, according to the New York Post.

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Investigators believe the fire was accidental.

"Everybody in New York City grieves with this family today", he said.

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

The father, Yosi Azam, managed to shepherd three other children and a young cousin to safety.

"Tragedy strikes at this time of year, and as I've said before, this time of year makes it that much sadder", FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro explained.

Mom Gayle Sassoon, 45, and her second-eldest child, 15-year-old Tziporah, escaped the inferno by jumping from the Bedford Avenue home's second floor. He said the father was a native of Israel and had at least six children. "The father, who acted very courageously, got two teenagers out safely". "Hopefully, it didn't cost him his life also".

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