Firefighters are working to determine the cause of an early-morning fire in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn that sent five people to the hospital Sunday, including four children. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
Early Sunday morning, Marsy Pascall heard her neighbor across the hall cry out for help.
"'The babies are in there, the kids are in there, oh my God, Skylar, Skylar,' and a lot of banging," she said.
Pascall lives on the fifth floor of the Wyckoff Gardens housing complex in Boerum Hill, where firefighters say flames broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday, shattering windows and sending a family of five to the hospital.
"It was like, black smoke. Can't really see much after that," Pascall said. "It was just black smoke there."
Police say a 63-year-old woman and four children, ages 5 months to 14 years, were inside the apartment.
One of the children, an 8-year-old girl, was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the rest were taken to Methodist Hospital. Police say all suffered smoke inhalation.
Preston Shelton saw his friends being carried away by EMS.
"They was crying, saying, 'Mommy, mommy, I want my mommy, I'm scared, I'm scared, I might die,'" he said.
Residents said that their first impulse was to run.
"I was thinking about going out," Pascall said.
"It is a hard decision to make," said neighbor John Laboy.
However, firefighters told them that the safest place was inside, behind fire doors.
Residents NY1 spoke with said that they're glad they heeded that advice. Now, they're concerned about their neighbors and hoping for a quick recovery.
"I feel bad 'cause I do see them, and the little one talks to me or tries to talk to me, always tries to talk to me all the time. They're very cute little kids," Laboy said.