NEW YORK — Six people, including four children, were killed early Wednesday morning when fire broke out in a New York City apartment building, FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in an early morning news conference.
Nigro said fire broke out on the fifth-floor of the seven-story apartment building in Harlem.
He said someone in a sixth-floor apartment across the street saw the fire and called 911.
“As soon as I saw the flames it was literally in one apartment. They were as vibrant and destructive as possible. It wasn’t pretty. I heard glass breaking, kids yelling,” Abdul Salaam told the New York Post.
“As the fire is spreading I heard actual voices screaming,” he said. “They were clearly in fear for their lives.”
According to Nigro, an adult man, adult woman, two young girls and two young boys were declared dead at the scene. All were believed to be members of the same family, he said. The children ranged in age from 3 to 11-years-old.
“It’s never easy for our members,” Nigro said. “We’re in the business of saving lives and in this instance, we weren’t able to.”
He said their hearts went out to the family of the victims.
Nigro said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen. It was believed to be accidental, he said.
It took 100 firefighters about an hour to get the flames under control, Nigro said. None of the firefighters were injured.