Girl, woman and three dogs killed in East Harlem fire

A 5-year-old girl and her father’s girlfriend – along with three dogs – were killed when a fire engulfed an East Harlem NYCHA apartment early Wednesday, authorities said.

The fire started just after 2.30am – trapping the young victim, the 36-year-old woman, and her 46-year-old father inside a sixth-floor apartment in the eight-storey building of the Jackie Robinson Houses on East 129th Street near Lexington Avenue, police and fire officials said.

The girl and her father were rushed to Harlem Hospital, where the child succumbed to his injuries and the man remains in critical condition, police said.

The woman was taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where she was also pronounced dead.

The child and his father lived in the apartment, but not the girlfriend, cops said.

Three dogs also died in the fire, authorities said.

The girl, her father and the woman were trapped inside a sixth floor apartment at the Jackie Robinson Houses.
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The father remains in critical condition in hospital.
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Neighbors watch the firefighters work.
Neighbors gathered to watch firefighters work to control the blaze.
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Another civilian was lightly injured and was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, firefighters said.

A firefighter traveled to Mount Sinai Morningside, also with minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters are seen bringing a victim of a fire into an ambulance.
A firefighter attended Mount Sinai Morningside with minor injuries.
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Firefighters are seen operating at an all hands fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Firefighters removed several e-bikes from a building.
Firefighters pulled a scooter and a hoverboard from the burning building.
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