One-year-old killed in Homecrest fire

HOMECREST - A 1-year-old boy died from injuries sustained in a fatal fire Monday morning in Homecrest.

The two-alarm blaze started in a basement apartment on East 15th Street, where the boy lived with his mother, another young boy and his uncle. Firefighters arrived to find the apartment engulfed in flames. Deputy Fire Chief William Tanzosh said, ?The children were trapped in a basement apartment, [if] they had smoke detectors, they could have gotten out.?

All were taken to Coney Island Hospital in critical condition, where the boy later died. Fire officials say the apartment was illegal, and neighbors say that illegal residence isn?t the only one on the block.

Jean Martino, who lives nearby, says, ?These are strictly two-family houses, they?ve turned their houses into boarding houses? you?re creating a fire hazard, a sanitation hazard, all kinds of hazards.?

The homeowner, Xiao Ping, was fined for illegal construction and housing too many families under one roof. The fire marshal is still trying to determine the cause of the deadly incident.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 Brooklyn hit the streets to ask 1 Word on the Street: GPS devices
Aziz Chirkeev, 20, was last seen April 3 2 Brighton Beach man missing for nearly two weeks
2 men set to be arraigned Thursday, after 3 Suspects to be arraigned after Suffolk bank robbery, pursuit
Heavy rain and strong winds Tuesday proved a 4 Rain, wind slam outdoor workers
5 VIDEO: Brooklyn Botanic Garden to host annual Sakura Matsuri Festival

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE