A faulty hot plate may have been the cause of the deadly blaze.
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Seven children were killed in a fire that tore through a family home in New York City's Brooklyn borough early Saturday, officials told BuzzFeed News.
The children, between the ages of 5 and 16, were all members of the same family and lived in the predominately Jewish Orthodox neighborhood of Midwood.
The children's mother and a teenage daughter, 15, survived, but were rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
“This is the largest tragedy by fire that this city has had in seven years,” New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at the scene, according to the Associated Press. “It's a tragedy for this family, it's a tragedy for this community, it's a tragedy for the city.”
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More than 100 firefighters were called upon to fight the two-alarm fire, which was first reported at around 12:24 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Amid snow and freezing conditions, the blaze took an hour to extinguish.
An FDNY spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but preliminary findings suggest it may have been sparked by a hot plate left on in the home's kitchen.
Many Orthodox families that are forbidden from using electronic equipment on the Sabbath use a hot plate to keep food warm.