BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (PIX11/AP) -- Thousands gathered in Brooklyn Sunday to mourn the deaths of seven children-- ages 5 to 16-- killed by a fire in Brooklyn.
Several members of the Sassoon family perished after a fire sparked from a hot plate left on overnight on the first floor of the Midwood house. Their 45-year-old mother and 14-year-old sister were the only survivors.
A father who attended the Sassoon funeral at the Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Borough Park said he is "beyond words" following the tragic incident.
"It's a loss for the entire community" he said. "Everyone is feeling grief."
Firefighters found there was no working smoke detectors on the upper floors. It took more than 100 firefighters to battle the blaze in the early hours on Saturday.
Eliane, 16, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, Yeshua, 10, Moshe, 8, Sara, 6 and Yaakob, 5, will be buried in Israel. Their remains will be placed aboard an El Al flight to Tel Aviv after the funeral services, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.
“Every New Yorker is feeling this pain right now,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said after he toured the remnants of the burned-down home.
The hot plate was apparently left on for the Sabbath. Many religious Jews refrain from turning on appliances during the Sabbath and may leave them running instead.