Claremont Village, Bronx, NY (February 21, 2019) – Five children suffered injuries after their 15-year-old babysitter was reported to have left them alone in a Bronx apartment Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities, the fire broke out at around 1:20 p.m. in the kitchen of a seventh-floor apartment inside the Butler Houses, located on Webster Avenue.
The parents of the children who were hurt in the fire were initially questioned; however, it was later determined that they had left the children in the care of an unidentified 15-year-old babysitter. The babysitter was stated to have left the children alone for a brief amount of time in order to go to the store.
Authorities and emergency responders arrived at the scene after witnesses reported the children hanging from a window and shouting for help. The children, ages 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10, were all treated for minor injuries related to smoke inhalation and are all believed to be recovering at this time.
The fire is currently believed to have been a stove fire, although the official cause is under investigation at this time.
We would first like to offer our most genuine sympathies and warmest thoughts to all five children, as we maintain hope for their full recoveries. Unfortunately, many fires in New York often prove to be seriously injurious or fatal as they are one of the most hazardous situations that any person may face at any time. It is important to understand that victims may likely have serious rights following such an event.
At Hach & Rose, we realize that there are very few things as difficult to handle as a sudden injury, particularly when children are involved, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a New York fire or explosion, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.
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