4 dead in Bronx house fire, 3 children among victims

Three children and one adult died Sunday morning after a fire inside a home in the Bronx, officials say. The fire broke out at a home located at 2165 Quimby Avenue at around 6 a.m. in the Castle Hill section. 

Witnesses described trying to help while the FDNY was on the way. One neighbor told Fox 5 that another neighbor came with a hammer to break out the windows but the flames were too intense.

Firefighters arriving at the scene found fire burning on the first and second floors of the home. 

A total of six people were injured in the fire. 

FDNY officials said that two people were initially pronounced dead at the scene. The other victims were pronounced dead at nearby hospitals.

Police identified the victims as Ahmed Saleh, 22, Mohammed Waleed Ahmed, 12, Kalheed Waleed Ban Saleh, 10, and 10-month-old Barah Ahmed, all members of the same family.

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries stemming from the fire, said Fire Department of New York spokesperson Jim Long.

Fire marshals continued to investigate the cause of the fire. They were back on the scene on Monday to sifted through the debris.

The FDNY said the smoke detectors inside the home were working when the fire started. Members of the fire safety division set up an area not far from the burned house and handed out smoke detectors to residents wanting one. 

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The scene after a fatal fire in the Bronx that left four people dead.