New York fire department officials said dozens of firemen responded to a blaze this morning in Queens that claimed the life of an eight year old boy and his baby brother.
The courageous 8-year-old Queens boy died in the house fire early today, along with his 17-month-old brother, after he ran back inside the burning home to try and rescue him, authorities said.
The blaze broke out at the two-story home on 182nd Street in Springfield Gardens at 9:20 a.m., fire officials said.
Two children -- 17-month-old boy Daniel Wilson and his 8-year-old brother Ty Anthony Duckette -- were taken to Jamaica Hospital after they were pulled out of the burning home.
The brothers died a short time later of smoke inhalation.
Once the fire ripped through the home, the boys' grandmother grabbed Ty Anthony and another child -- but could not find little Daniel -- before scurrying to safety, police sources said.
That's when Ty Anthony got separated from his grand mother and ran back inside the house to try and find his baby brother, reports
the New York Post.
The fire started on the first floor in one of the bedrooms. The cause of the fire remains unknown, officials said.
Three other children and two adults were also taken to Jamaica Hospital with injuries. All are in stable condition.
It took 60 firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the flames under control, according to the FDNY.
Neighbors were visibly upset and told NY1
"It's just sad, you know, that two children's lives were lost. It's sad," said one neighbor.
"Sad, tragic, devastating, everything. That little boy played with my grand-kid, my step-grand-kid," said another.
Sources close to the investigation tell NY1 they are focusing on a bedroom lighting fixture that may have ignited something nearby. They also say the fire does not appear to be suspicious