Six people, including four children, were killed on Wednesday when an overnight fire ravaged an apartment in a city-owned Harlem building, fire and police officials said.
Officials said that all six people - two adults, two boys and two girls - were from the same family. The children ranged in age from 3 to 11-years-old.
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The investigators' working theory is that Andrea Pollidore, 45, left a stovetop burner on and then fell asleep in her apartment in NYCHA's Frederick Samuels Houses in Harlem, the sources said.
"We're in the business of saving lives, and in this instance, we were not able to, and it's very hard for our members to deal with this loss also", Nigro said.
"We're in the business of saving lives, and in this instance we were not able to, and it's very hard for our members to deal with this loss also". He added, given the extent of the damage, it's too early too tell whether the unit had working smoke detectors.
"It wasn't pretty. I heard glass breaking, kids yelling", Abdul Salaam told the New York Post. 'The smoke - I got asthma - so it was like I was getting suffocated'.
Eric Allen, a neighbor who has lived in the building for more than 10 years, said he and his wife smelled smoke early Wednesday.
"When I (saw) them, they were always happy", he said about the kids, "and definitely polite".
"As the fire is spreading I heard actual voices screaming", he said.
Three other people were transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, a fire department spokesman said.
Mayor Bill De Blasio tweeted this morning about the deadly fire, saying in part: 'our hearts break for this family and for their neighbors and loved ones'.
After about half an hour, he could see that firefighters were putting the fire out, he said.
Nigro said it appears the fire started in the kitchen and there's no indication that it was suspicious.