Three young boys are dead after a fire plowed through a six-story residential building in the Bronx Friday evening.
Officials say the call for the fire, which occurred at a building on West 165th Street in Highbridge, came in shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.
According to police, 5-year-old Elijah Artis, 2-year-old Jeremiah Artis and 4-month-old Michael Turner were declared dead at Lincoln Hospital.
Police say a 25-year-old woman, a 4-year-old girl and a 4-month-old were also removed from the building are in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital.
The woman is said to be the mother of at least some of the children involved.
"She was yelling out the window. She saw me, she yelled, 'Fire!'," said Cynthia Woods, a friend of the victims. "So I ran upstairs to the apartment and I kicked the door open and I tried to go in and get the kids 'cause I hear the kids hollering, but the fire was real heavy, so I fell and I couldn't get into the house to save the kids. I couldn't get them. I just couldn't get the kids out. I hear them crying, and they was burning, and I couldn't get them. I couldn't get them out. I tried."
A fire official on scene said that the fire remained in a unit on the second floor and that all of the injured were in that one unit.
Officials said that more than 100 firefighters responded to the incident.
The fire was declared under control by the fire department at around 9:15 p.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
It was located just 10 blocks from an 2007 blaze that killed 10 people, including eight children.