A fire in Queens killed at least five people, possibly including three children, Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The catastrophic three-alarm blaze broke out in a two-story house on 208th St. near 112th Ave. in Queens Village around 2:30 p.m., authorities said.
Denise Coleman said the firefighters struggled to rescue several children.
“People were screaming, get them out. The whole sky was black. There was a lot of smoke. The fire was very bad,” she said. “The firefighters carried some of the children out. They were limp. The whole house was on fire.”
Another witness Tiasha Johnson said the family’s relative screamed for the little ones.
“They were screaming, ‘Get the kids out! Get the kids out!'” Johnson said. “It took the firefighters a while to get in. The fire was pretty bad. They were jumping from the windows. The smoke was heavy.”
An hour later, firefighters were still battling the flames, which had spread to an adjacent home.
Neighbors covered the distressed relatives to shield them from the media.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.