Brooklyn apartment fire kills 2 girls, police say

Brooklyn apartment fire kills 2 girls, police say

The girls were visiting their grandfather, police said.

The FDNY is investigating a fire that killed two young girls on Saturday night in Bushwick.
The FDNY is investigating a fire that killed two young girls on Saturday night in Bushwick. Photo Credit: NYPD

Two young girls who were visiting their grandfather were killed and several others were injured after a fire broke out inside a second-floor Brooklyn home late Saturday night, the NYPD said.

The two girls, ages 7 and 9, were found in a back bedroom of the Bushwick apartment at 165 Schaefer St. after the blaze broke out just before 11 p.m., FDNY Deputy Chief James Smithwick told reporters. Emergency personnel tried performing CPR on the girls at the scene, but they were both pronounced dead at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. 

The girls, who were identified as 7-year-old Payton Gomez and 9-year-old Haley Harris, did not live in the apartment and were visiting their grandfather at the time.

Firefighters responded to the blaze within about three minutes, Smithwick said, but "found an advanced fire condition in an apartment in the rear of the building.” 

A charred Teddy bear was seen through one of the apartment's windows on Sunday.
A charred Teddy bear was seen through one of the apartment’s windows on Sunday. Photo Credit: James Carbone

A 53-year-old man was also taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, police said. Fire officials said two other adults were also taken to the hospital suffering from minor injuries. 

The FDNY’s fire marshal will determine the cause of the fire and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death for the two girls.

Alison Fox