After 7 children perish in Brooklyn blaze, borough focused on fire safety and prevention

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- The raw pain and emotion of the seven innocent lives lost over the weekend in Brooklyn was felt more than 5,000 miles away in Jerusalem on Monday.  The seven children who perished in one of the city's deadliest fires in recent memory were buried.

Meanwhile, at the site of the inferno in Midwood, the home was completely boarded up. On the NYPD barrier out front, a New York Post cover was in full display. "Goodbye, Angels" was the front-page headline.

"Our hearts go out to the family.  All of us are and we are united over the issues of how do we move forward," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams during an afternoon news conference at FDNY headquarters. Adams said his office plans on launching a new initiative to prevent house fires. The goal is simple to educate. "When we look at the stats, Brooklyn has almost 30% of the fires that take place in the city."

In fact, there were more than 2,000 fires in Brooklyn in 2014 according to Adams.  Troubling to him are the number of cases that did not have a smoke detector, as well as the fact that Brooklyn -- a borough that has a population that is roughly the size of Chicago -- does not have a burn center. "You can't have the largest borough in the city of New York go without a burn center."

However, before a campaign for burn center, the message being pushed in Yiddish, Spanish and English was about the significance  of smoke detectors.  Additionally, the angle of working detectors throughout the home, which did not appear the case in the Midwood blaze. "We wouldn’t be talking about this today. They’d be talking about losing their home, perhaps, but not their family."

Councilman David Greenfield, who was at the Adams news conference, told PIX11 News that special crisis intervention teams were brought in to assist not only the community but the school the children attended to help everyone cope.