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State Senator Wants Investigation Into Emergency Response to Fatal Queens Fire

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A state senator is calling for an impartial investigation into the emergency response to a fire that left two young children dead this past weekend.

Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin, 4-year-old half-siblings, died from smoke inhalation after being caught in a burning home on Bay 30th Street in Far Rockaway Saturday night.

The FDNY said it is investigating why there was a delay in dispatching the ambulances to the fire.

The ambulance wasn't dispatched until nine minutes after firefighters arrived.

Another half-sibling and a grandfather were injured by the fire, which was started by a child playing with a lighter.

State Senator James Sanders called for an independent investigation into the delay, but then just said it needed to be impartial.

"This sounds like an outrageous, grievous affront, and on behalf of these children, we are not going to sleep until we get a little justice here," Sanders said.

The mothers of the two children tried to speak at Tuesday's news conference, but their losses are still fresh

"What happened to my sister and my family, I just want to say thank you for your love and support and all your prayers. Thank you," said Anthony Slay, the uncle of the children.

Sanders is also calling for the public to help pay for the funeral expenses for the two children, as the families can't afford it.

He said donations can be sent to the address below.

He added that any extra money that's collected will be used for the surviving child's college fund.

Funeral services for the children will be held next Monday.

Jai'Launi's funeral will be held in the morning at Far Rockaway Community Church of the Nazarene.

Aniya's funeral will be held in the afternoon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Arverne.


Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin Fund
Care of RDRC Inc.
1920 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
(718) 327-5300

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