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FDNY: Child Playing with Lighter Sparked Fatal Queens Fire

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Investigators say a child playing with a lighter sparked a deadly fire in Queens over the weekend that killed two small children.

Authorities say Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin, both 4 years old, suffered smoke inhalation as flames quickly spread late Saturday night inside their grandfathers' home on Bay 30th Street in Far Rockaway.

They were both pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officials say the lighter ignited their grandfather's mattress.

A third sibling, 4-year-old Laylani Tinglin, and the kids' 63-year-old grandfather, Delroy Tinglin, are recovering at the hospital, along with a 55-year-old woman who is a tenant.

Firefighters canvassed the neighborhood on Monday, handing out flyers with fire safety tips.

Officials say there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.

The fire is also calling ambulance response times into question.

Within minutes of the first 911 call at 11:51 p.m., firefighters were on the scene. However, EMS was not assigned to respond until 12:05 a.m., and ultimately did not arrive until more than 20 minutes after the initial call.

"We just don't dispatch ambulances on all reported fires. We just don't have the resources. But when fire units get to the scene, whether it's the first engine or the first chief, they'll transmit a signal of a working fire, which is what we call a 10-75, and at that time, an ambulance should be dispatched," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

The head of the union that represents the department's EMTs is defending their response time. He said records show that the ambulance was on scene six minutes after it was dispatched at 12:06 a.m.

He went on to say, "It wasn't until seconds before that first ambulance arrived at approximately 12:12 am, that the Fire Department dispatch advised EMS dispatchers that there were two children in cardiac arrest."

Meanwhile, a Brooklyn funeral home is offering its services to the family of the two children.

Grace Funeral Chapel on Conduit Boulevard said it would pay up to $4,000 for a funeral.

The Chapel is requesting that the family call them at 718-235-8088.

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