Sunset Park fire: 4-year-old among 16 people injured in Brooklyn blaze


SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — A young boy was among more than a dozen people injured in a Brooklyn fire late Friday night, officials said Saturday.

The FDNY was called to the three-story brownstone on 45th Street in Sunset Park around 11:20 p.m.

In total, 16 people were hurt, 12 of whom had non-life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

Four additional people, including 4-year-old Jesus Capulin, were taken to the hospital in critical condition, per officials.

Jesus was in the bedroom of his older brother, Miguel Capulin, when the flames broke out in that room.

The older brother told PIX11 on Saturday afternoon that Jesus was doing much better and the family was hoping for a full recovery.

“I got a call from my sister saying the house is on fire. My little brother’s inside,” recalled Capulin. “That’s when I came running. I would have saved my brother but the police didn’t let me in, he added.

The Capulin children, six in total, lived with their parents in a second-floor apartment.

The family lost everything and had set up a GoFundMe campaign for assistance during this difficult time.

“Me and my family, we actually need money, so that we can buy new things…so we can be back on our feet again,” Miguel Capulin said.

The family is staying with relatives in the neighborhood as they try to piece back together their lives.

Several people on the third floor of the brownstone jumped out of their windows to safety.

Neighbor Ramon Perez showed PIX11 where he was hurt after leaping from his window.

“The most important thing is that everybody’s alive and good. So with the help of everybody…they can be better, said neighbor Adriana Mendieta.

About 60 FDNY personnel from 12 units responded. Firefighters brought the blaze under control around 12:05 a.m. 

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Saturday.

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