Brooklyn fire victims to be buried in Israel

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BROOKLYN -

The bodies of a mother and her three children will be laid to rest in Israel Tuesday after they were killed in a house fire sparked by a menorah in Brooklyn Monday, officials say.

The fire broke out inside a two-story home on East 14th Street just after 2 a.m. Monday.

Aliza Azan, 39, Moshe Azan, 11, Yitzah Azan, 7, and Henrietta Azan, 3, all died in the fire, according to fire officials.

The victims, identified by authorities as members of the Azan family, moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood from Israel about a year ago.

The 45-year-old husband of the woman killed in the fire is being hailed as a hero for his efforts in rescuing two of his sons from the blaze.

All three suffered critical injuries, but managed to escape.

They were transported to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition where they continue to recover.

Neighbors say it is a huge loss for the community, particularly during Hanukkah, a holiday celebrated for miracles.

Hundreds of community members turned out at the family’s home Monday night to pay their respects and honor the lives lost in the fire. 

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