Investigators say an early morning fire Sunday in Queens that killed two 4-year-old siblings and injured three others was accidental.
It happened around midnight at 1031 Bay 30th Street in Far Rockaway.
Police say Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin, both 4 years old, suffered smoke inhalation.
The children, who are believed to be step-siblings, were pronounced dead at St. John's Hospital.
A third sibling, 4-year-old Laylani Tinglin, is listed in stable condition.
The kids' grandfather, 63-year-old Delroy Tinglin and a 55-year-old woman police say is a tenant in the home are also in the hospital.
Two of the childrens' stepmother, Diane Tinglin, was overcome with grief, coming to terms with the loss outside the home.
"They was fine. They were playing in the yard. That’s all I am thinking about right now. They were playing in the yard, they were playing in the yard," Tinglin said.
"It's a very, very horrific scene, you saw the FD running out with bodies in their hands and you couldn't see, and literally you see it's a little child on their shoulder, not breathing, threw him down on the floor, started doing CPR. Then they brought down another child and the mother was already on the floor and they're doing CPR on them it looked," said Calmen Masri, a neighbor.
Fire officials say flames broke out because one of the children was playing with fire.