Updated Monday, April 21, 3:35 p.m.
Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire in the basement of a Bay 30th Street home at about 11:56 p.m. Saturday and the fire was under control by 1:17 a.m., officials said.
The cause of the blaze has been determined to be an accidental fire due to a child playing with fire, according to the FDNY.
Five people were removed from the two-story home, including 4-year-olds Jai’Luni Tinglin and Aniya Tinglin, who were taken to St. John’s Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
The two toddlers were half-siblings, according to the NYPD.
Another 4-year old girl, Jai’Luni’s twin sister, was taken to St. John’s Hospital and is in stable condition. A 55-year-old woman was transported to Jamaica Hospital and a 63-year-old man, identified by police as the kid’s grandfather, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center. Both are listed in stable condition, cops said.
An FDNY officer was also transported to a nearby hospital with minor and none life threatening injuries, fire officials said.
According to a report published on the New York Post’s website Monday, the FDNY said that ambulances were delayed in responding to the deadly blaze.
“We are looking at the timeline and why it happened,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said, according to the Post.