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Authorities identify 4 family members, including 3 youngsters, killed in Bronx fire

NEW YORK – We now know the names of the man and three youngsters killed in a home fire Sunday in the Bronx. 

Meanwhile, investigators are nonetheless on the scene attempting to find out the trigger. 

As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Monday, the group is shifting from shock to how they will help the surviving family members. 

“Heartbroken, because I’m a mother of four. I’m a mother of four, and just to hear that a 10-month-old, 10, 12, it’s heartbreaking,” neighbor Norma Rivera advised Duddridge. 

Neighbors stopped to pay their respects at a memorial outdoors the house, the place 4 candles honor the lives lost. 

Police recognized the family members killed as 22-year-old Ahmed Saleh and his 10-month-old child woman Barah Saleh. His two youthful brothers, 12-year-old Mohamed Waleed Ahmed and 10-year-old Kalheed Waleed Ban Saleh, have been additionally killed. 

“I would just see them, the kids, when we would come from school at 2:30 or 3. We’d pass by, they’ll see each other with my kids. They’ll play and talk,” Rivera stated. 

The fire broke out round 6 a.m. Sunday on the house on Quimby Avenue. 

“I thought it was in my house,” stated Rivera. “I was smelling the smoke, I jumped up, I started banging on everybody’s door in my house — There’s ‘smoke, smoke, smoke!’ I went to my daughter’s room, it wasn’t her room. We looked out the window, it was black, it was smoke all over.”

Security cameras throughout the road captured the panicked screams for assist. 

“You could see through the window, the hands banging at the window, ‘Hey Allah, hey Allah!'” neighbor Merlyn Persaud stated. “After that for like a minute, flames burst through the window.”

Firefighters tried to rescue the trapped family members. Police stated a 21-year-old girl and 41-year-old man have been pulled out in crucial situation and are nonetheless preventing for his or her lives in the hospital. 

The FDNY arrange on the nook Monday handing out free smoke detectors. 

“We’re here to educate people, teach them about the dos and the don’ts,” stated Capt. Gerald Rocco. “You can call the Red Cross — 877-RED-CROSS. They will come to your house, see what you need and install what you need absolutely free.”

Community members have additionally been arriving with provides. 

“We’re here to help if the parents or families who have survived, need anything. We’re here to see if they need toiletries, if they need blankets, whatever they need,” P.S. 138 Parent Association President Jacquelyn Jarvis stated. 

There’s nonetheless no phrase on what brought about the fire or if there have been fire alarms in the house. Now, a security consciousness marketing campaign is being deliberate throughout the borough. 

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