Six people, including four children, were killed after in a fast-moving fire in an affordable housing apartment building in Harlem neighborhood, New York City on Wednesday, May 8, authorities have confirmed.
According to a New York Post report, emergency officials responded to the scene at approx. 1:40 a.m. after flames broke out on the fifth floor of the Fred Samuels Houses.
An eyewitness, Abdul Salaam, 25, said that he noticed the fire on the seven-story structure from the stress and called 911.
Salaam told the NT Post,
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.
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Noting that they were in fear for the lives of the people inside, he added, "As the fire is spreading I heard actual voices screaming."
A man, woman, two boys and two girls - all believed to be a family - were pronounced dead at the scene.
Firefighters extinguished the flames and cleared residents from the building after which FDNY recovered the bodies.
Investigators are trying to find the cause of the fire.
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