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Family of 5 is Killed in N.Y. Apartment Blaze

October 12, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — A family of five, including three children as young as 15 months, died in a blaze Saturday that filled an apartment with thick black smoke and kept the victims from escaping through the front door, fire officials said.

A 10-year-old boy who survived was in critical condition after the fire in a public housing complex in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The boy was found with two other family members in a back bedroom, while the rest of the family sought refuge in a full bathtub and underneath a bathroom sink, officials said.

The cause of the fire, which began in the kitchen of the sixth- floor apartment, was under investigation. But the Fire Department said the apartment’s smoke detector had been unplugged and the battery removed.

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