Tragedy struck Brooklyn on Tuesday when a mother and her infant daughter were killed in a house fire.
At 9:49 a.m. on March 1, 12 FDNY units and 60 fire personnel responded to a fire on the second floor of 6 Agate Court in Crown Heights.
It was not a large fire, but the first team of FDNY responders encountered heavy smoke and fire spewing from the rear of the brownstone. Smoke-eaters employed two hose lines to knock down the main body of fire, which had engulfed the second and third floors.
But while battling the blaze, firefighters pulled three individuals from the burning home, including the 22-year-old mother and her one-year old girl. Paramedics on the scene administered first aid in a desperate effort to save them.
EMS rushed both the mother and daughter to Interfaith Hospital, just a block away from the home, but they could not be saved.
Police have withheld their identities at this time, pending family notification. Their bodies were transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A third, unidentified victim was also rescued from the burning home, but was treated for minor injuries.
The fire was brought under control at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday. Fire marshals are now investigating what caused the deadly inferno.
Additional reporting by Emily Davenport and Robert Pozarycki