Officials: Brooklyn Fire Sparked By Child Playing With Lighter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Fire marshals investigating a blaze in a Bushwick brownstone Tuesday said a child is responsible for starting the deadly fire that left his father and two sisters dead.

Jeff Larmond, 62, his 14-year-old daughter Dzhane, and his 3-year-old daugher Jemymiah were killed in the fire that broke out Monday around 5:30 p.m.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports on the cause of the fire

bushwick brownstone fire Officials: Brooklyn Fire Sparked By Child Playing With Lighter

Chopper 2HD over the fire (credit: CBS 2)

Fire marshals said that a 5-year-old boy from the same family was playing with a lighter on a bed when the mattress caught fire.

Officials said the family delayed in reporting the fire and instead dragged the burning mattress down through the internal staircase, blocking anyone on the third and fourth floors from getting out.

“All I see is the stairs on fire and everything, and everybody was outside going crazy,” said Brandon Fernandez.

Teresa Wilson is now left with seven children after also losing a child to leukemia last year. She doesn’t believe her son could have started the blaze.

“He’s hysterical though, you know, he’s shook up,” Wilson said. “I’m hysterical too, I’m not even here right now, I’m somewhere else.”

Seven other people, including two firefighters, were injured.

“Another child was just screaming out for her mother, and my son says he just saw the fire from behind them take both of them out,” said neighbor Arelis Cruz.

Cruz said at one point she even helped a man who got out of the fire with burns on half his body.

“I was holding his hand the whole time, and all the time he was just asking for his baby, his baby,” she said.

The family of those killed in the fire is now asking for prayers.  After losing everything in the blaze, they are also in need of clothes, shoes, etc.  Usable items can be sent to:

Teresa Wilson
303 Vernon Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

  • victor

    Well first of all why was the kid allowed to be playing with a lighter, secondly why did someone drag a burning mattress down and block a stairwell, thirdly, why did this Black women have a football team of children, was she on the crazy or just ignerant….

    • BigEz

      Victor – without meeting you I can easily sum up what a pathetic individual you are.

      • Saddened

        No one “allowed” the child to play with fire! And as long as she supports her children, that is HER business and NO one else’s! Whatever this poor woman thinks, it’s a very common disaster, and the 5 year old isn’t to blame. Neither really is the adult smoker, who probably thought the lighter safely hidden from children. But what imbecile dragged the mattress down the stairs? Smother a fire, don’t spead it! Heartbreaking to lose her husband and two young daughters!

  • BigEz

    No it doesn’t sound suspicious. It sounds like a horrendous situation where people did not realise just how quickly fire can get out of control.

    I am a trained fire warden which isn’t anything special but I have watched a lot of stuff on fires and it is unbelievable how quick things can get out of hand.

  • Hiran

    what the heck CBS? “Does the fire sound suspicious to you”

    Let the authorities investigate and find out the truth. We shouldn’t rush to judgement either way. A tragedy has happened and lets not add more fuel to the fire.

  • CSI

    Whats suspicious to me is that when the person saw the kids playing with fire. Why did they say something to the kids.

  • Barre Flynn

    I think the tragedy is so profound that trying to guess what started the fire is meaningless. This will have the community devastated..

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