2 Infants, 1 Child Seriously Hurt Among 5 Injured in Brooklyn Blaze

By Jess Wisloski on March 16, 2014 11:16am 

 Four children and an adult were injured in a blaze at the Wyckoff Houses on Sunday.
Four children and an adult were injured in a blaze at the Wyckoff Houses on Sunday.
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BOERUM HILL — Five people were injured, four of them children, in an early morning blaze at the Wyckoff Gardens housing complex, fire officials said.

Four children sustained injuries, several very seriously, in the 2:15 a.m. blaze and were rushed to nearby hospitals after firefighters rescued them from a fifth-floor apartment, an FDNY spokesman said. An adult was also rescued.

One infant was clinging to life in critical condition and another infant was in serious condition at Methodist Hospital Sunday, while a third child was in critical condition at Cornell Hospital, the FDNY said.

The other child and an adult were being treated for minor injuries at Methodist Hospital as well, the spokesman said.

Smoke from the fire was so thick it traveled up to the 15th floor of the 21-story tower, neighbors told CBS.

The apartment complex at Third Avenue is run by the city's housing authority, NYCHA. It was not immediately clear if there was a problem with fire alarms, officials said, and the cause of the blaze was still being investigated.

 

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