Three small children were discovered unconscious by firefighters on Sunday morning as a fire raged inside a Brooklyn apartment building.
Just after 11 a.m., according to the FDNY, a fire started on the 11th level of a high rise in Brownsville.
“We saw the flames and we saw the smoke. It was a lot of smoke,” witness Audrey Ray said.
It was heartbreaking what the fire department discovered inside that apartment on Livonia Avenue.
“The three children were inside. It was pretty heavy fire condition inside, so our members had to force the door open, crawl in. They found two of the children in the living room and one they found right behind the door, according to FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens.
Rescuer’s Desperation: Ray Describes Seeing Children Ages 8, 5, and 4, Lifeless in the Arms of Firefighters
Officials have established that the children, who are only 8, 5, and 4 years old, were carried out by Ray.
Ray recalled, “I saw one child after another being pulled out by the firemen and their limp bodies”
Her heart, she claimed, fell.
“We were all crying. Everybody who was out here was crying,” Ray said.
According to authorities, those three young children were abandoned at home alone. As a result, their father, 39-year-old Anthony Halliburton, is now being charged with three counts of abandoning a child and endangering the welfare of a child on each count.
Commissioner Laura also shared a video on twitter:
I want to commend our Firefighters and EMS members. They come through every day, but today was an incredibly busy one. There were two intense fires that could have been deadly. The first was at 383 Livonia where FFs rescued 3 children. The other was a 5-alarm at 106 Lee Ave. pic.twitter.com/l9g2niy7Pi
— Commissioner Laura Kavanagh (@FDNYFC) August 20, 2023
“It’s very sad. People should not leave their kids by themselves, not even for a minute,” one person said.
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Mayor Eric Adams personally visited the scene of the carnage and shown images taken inside the burned-out flat. According to fire officials, the smoke detectors weren’t functional.
They directed us to the FDNY, who described the situation as an ongoing investigation. However, Ray noted that the structure need further fire safety measures.
FDNY units are continuing to operate at 106 Lee Avenue in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/XKvuzpdG0j
— FDNY (@FDNY) August 20, 2023
“We have smoke alarms, but sometimes they don’t always work, so I think maybe they should look into having other precautions,” Ray said.
According to officials, the three kids are battling for their life. Each is in serious shape. The fire’s origin is being looked into.