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Two Children Hospitalized After Early-Morning Fire In Brooklyn Apartment

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Fire marshals are working to determine the cause of an early-morning fire in Brooklyn that injured two children trapped inside an apartment. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Kenneth Moore was fast asleep in his third-floor apartment when he woke up to a loud boom.

"So I got up, and we opened our apartment door. We seen a lot of smoke, and we just evacuate the building," Moore said. "Then the firefighters came. The two kids were trapped in the house."

Firefighters said when they got to the Van Dyke Houses at around 3 a.m. Saturday, neighbors told them that two young children were still trapped in a burning apartment.

"The children were unconscious, laying on the floor," said Captain Christopher Eysser of the FDNY. "The conditions in the fire apartment were zero visibility."

That's when Eysser grabbed 3-year-old Dasani Rich girl and firefighter Anthony Arroyo grabbed the girl's older brother, 4-year-old Rolando Rich, who is said to be battling leukemia.

"I started bringing him out into the hallway. I saw he was unconscious and lifeless," Arroyo said. "I immediately started doing CPR as I was coming down the hallway, and I brought him out to in front of the building, where I continued doing CPR and respirations."

Neighbors looked on as firefighters worked to revive the children.

"I see the whole thing going on, the fire was shooting up, and I seen when they brought the kids out," said one neighbor. "When they brought the kids out, I thought they were dead."

"One at a time, they brought them out, and they was working real fast," said another neighbor.

The children were brought to Brookdale Hospital in critical but stable condition. An adult was also injured in the fire but did not require hospitalization.

Neighbors said the mother of the children was not at home when the fire started.

Representatives from the Administration for Children's Services said they are investigating the incident.

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