Five reported dead in midday Queens blaze

Another witness, Tiasha Johnson, told the newspaper that the family's relative screamed for the little ones.

During a press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said three children were among the five people that were killed in the fire.

Fire officials said the entire house was consumed in flames by the time they showed up, just minutes after FDNY first received a phone call around 2:30 p.m. reporting the fire traveling from the first floor to the second floor.

Officials say the blaze was the deadliest fire in the nation's biggest city since March 2015, when a house fire in Brooklyn killed seven children, all siblings. One man jumped from a window to escape the fire and is listed in stable condition.

The 3-alarm fire broke out in a two-story home on 48 Avenue in the Jamaica section of Queens.

"There's a lot we need to know about what happened here", he added. "Today, the fire department mourns with this community and the loss of five people in this home".

"This is a awful, sad time for this block, for this community, and for this city", Nigro said. By 4 p.m. most of the fire had been extinguished, the FDNY said.

Firefighters tried to save the family even as the rescuers mourned one of their own, firefighter William Tolley, who died Thursday after falling five stories while battling a blaze in Queens.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A neighbor told the New York Post that she saw a baby who was very badly burned being carried from the home.

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