Deadly NY house fire takes seven children

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NEW YORK - Tragedy beyond measure in New York as seven children die in a Brooklyn house fire.

Crews say the victims, ages five to 15, were found in bedrooms on the second floor of the home in the early morning hours.

"It's difficult to find one child in a room during a search," said Daniel Nigro, New York Fire Commissioner. "To find a house full of children that can't be revived. I'm sure this will take a toll on our members for quite some time."

Two survivors, a woman believed to be the children's mother and her oldest daughter, jumped out of a window to escape the flames. Both are listed in critical condition.

Fire investigators say a hot plate, being used to keep food warm in the kitchen, malfunctioned and sparked the deadly blaze.

The children's father is believed to have been away at a conference.