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Three little girls apparently left unattended were badly hurt in a Bronx fire Monday morning, and their mother was charged with child endangerment, the NYPD and FDNY said. The blaze erupted on the second-floor of a two-family home on Burke Ave. near Barnes Ave. just before 9:30 a.m.
“Hurry! Hurry!” Amoy Sinclair, 29, screamed at a 911 dispatcher after she saw what was happening from the restaurant across the street, where she works. “There’s always kids up there.” A co-worker, Vanessa Mills, 22, used the powerful outdoor speakers she normally uses to call customers in line for food pickup to yell at the tenants to get out of the burning building.
“Come out, guys!” she yelled. “Come out!”
Meanwhile, a man tried in vain to break a window on the first floor while the fire raged before the FDNY arrived.
When firefighters got there they raced inside and minutes later were seen with the children — 6 and 3 years old, plus one who is just 16 months.
The victims, suffering from smoke inhalation, were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in critical but stable condition.
Multiple witnesses said the mother showed up at the scene afterwards. Police identify her as Remi Latei, 33. She faces three charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
The fire, which completely engulfed the second floor, was brought under control by 10:10 a.m., the FDNY said. The cause was under investigation. Emran Khan, 46, who lives on the first floor of the home but was not home at the time, said a family with a father, a mother and four children — three girls and one boy — live in the apartment where the fire erupted.