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Early morning fire kills young girl in Brownsville

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A young girl was killed and another resident was injured in an early morning Brownsville blaze.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A young girl was killed in a roaring Brownsville fire Friday morning.

The three-alarm blaze broke out inside a home near Howard Avenue just after 5:12 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Firefighters attempted to rescue the nine-year-old child, who was trapped in an attic bedroom during the fire. Rescue Company 2 firefighter Ed Dailey found the young girl and carried her out of the building over his shoulder.

Rescue Company 2 firefighter Ed Dailey after rescuing a child from a third floor bedroom during the fatal fire.

Paramedics began critical patient care in the street, but she and a second victim, 60, were ultimately taken to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital and the second victim was in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

Nearly 140 firefighters operated four hose-lines to knock down heavy fire on the second and third floor of the building, as well as the roof, according to FDNY Deputy Chief James Carney.

Firefighters look on as heavy fire engulfs the home.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Carney said that first responders arrived after getting a call about an odor of smoke — and that no fire was ever phoned in. He also commended his members for making “a tremendous push to attack the fire for the victims.”

Deputy Chief James Carney speaks with the media after the fire.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Family is consoled at the scene of a three-alarm fire that killed a young girl Friday morning.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The fire was placed under control at 6:45 a.m. and it remains under investigation by both the New York City Police Department’s 73rd Precinct Detective Squad and the Fire Department of New York.

The cause of the fire will be determined by the FDNY’s fire marshal’s office.

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