Video shows firefighter trying to enter deadly Harlem apartment fire
This is the tragic moment a firefighter desperately tries– but fails — early Wednesday to get inside a burning Harlem apartment in time to save those inside.
Video captured by neighbor Angel Cardenas shows the solitary smoke eater standing on a fire escape, using a special hook in repeated attempts to break his way inside — as flames shot out of the apartment, in front of him.
A 45-year-old mom, her 11, 8, and 6-year-old daughters and 3-year-old son were killed in the blaze at the Samuels Houses on Seventh Avenue near 142 Street in Harlem that broke out around 1:40 am.
A 33-year-old man, who authorities believe is either the woman’s stepbrother or stepson, was also killed.
None of the victims were immediately identified, pending family notification.
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