A mother and three of her kids were killed and 10 harmed in a Brooklyn house fire overnight Monday, authorities said.
The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m.in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood.
Victims Aliza Azan, 39, Moshe Azan, 11, Yitzah Azan, 7, and Henrietta Azan, 3, were found on the second floor, and officials believe it may have been sparked by a Hanukkah menorah.
Yosi Azan in critical condition with a tube in his mouth at the burn unit at Staten Island University Hospital.
Two of the injured suffered serious injuries and eight others, including some of the firefighters, suffered minor injuries.
This is a developing story.
"This may be the source of the fire because it was in the room on the first floor where the fire was predominately contained", the law enforcement source said.
"This is a bad tragedy, not just for this community, but for our city", Nigro said.
A rabbi who arrived at the fire site Monday morning told the New York Daily News that the injured dad was doing "better".
A couple, their six children and a cousin were asleep in the house at the time.
Firefighters inspect the scene of a fatal fire, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of NY.
"A very nice lady", he told The New York Times.
"As a parent, it's impossible for me to imagine what this family is going through right now", said Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio. A fire official says a mother and three children have died in the fast-moving house fire in in the Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood. During the holiday season, we all need to be cautious with decorations, electric lights, candles, space heaters and other items. "Hopefully, it didn't cost him his life also".