Authorities urge safety precautions after tragic Sheepshead Bay fire

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Local officials are urging residents to be safe this holiday season following a deadly fire that killed four and injured three members of the same Sheepshead Bay family after their menorah sparked a house fire.

The fast-spreading fire killed three young children and their mother and left the father and two other children critically injured.

MORE: Sheepshead Bay fire victims to be buried in Israel.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the community shouldn't be deterred from celebrating Hanukkah -- but he says it's important for families to take safety precautions.

That includes keeping candles, oil and the menorah as secure as possible.

"What you've got to imagine is this: One of these falls over," he says. "And if it does, what's going to happen?"

Tragedy can follow, as in the case  of the Azan family of Sheepshead Bay.

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

Her husband remains hospitalized with their other two sons in critical condition.

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