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7 Out Of 8 Siblings Killed By Brooklyn Fire Caused By Hot Plate Malfunction

Mon, March 23, 2015 11:00am EDT by 1 Comment

So tragic. A family is shattered after a fire broke out in the middle of the night and killed seven out of eight kids in the house. The family’s hotplate sparked a fire that trapped the children in their bedrooms. How horrific.

What was suppose to be a day of rest, turned out to be a nightmare for a community in Brooklyn, New York. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish family was practicing Sabbath on March 21, when their unattended hot plate malfunctioned, and quickly engulfed their home in flames, killing seven children. Absolutely devastating.

7 Out Of 8 Children In The Sassoon Family Died In House Fire

It’s a heartbreaking time for Gabriel Sassoon and his family. The Brooklyn, New York father lost seven out of his eight children in a house fire, according to ABC News. His wife and their 15-year-old daughter are currently still hospitalized in critical condition. So awful.

The family’s hot plate was left on for the Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. The Sassoon’s were using it to keep food warm, because their traditions prohibit the use of fire on the holy day.

It was then that the hot plate reportedly malfunctioned, which sparked flames that traveled up the stairs and trapped the children in their second-floor bedrooms while they slept, according to the outlet.

Authorities identified the victims as girls Eliane, 16; Rivkah, 11; and Sara, 6; and boys David, 12; Yeshua, 10; Moshe, 8; and Yaakob, 5. So sad.

Gabriel was not home at the time of the fire, he had gone to Manhattan for Shabbaton — an educational retreat. We can’t imagine how horrible it was for him to return to his house after the accident.

Thousands Come Out To Mourn The Sassoon Children

Gabriel spoke to a large crowd of thousands outside a chapel in Brooklyn on March 22 where services were held to remember each child.

“They were so pure,” Gabriel said of all the children during a eulogy. “My wife, she came out fighting.”

He went on to say, “My children were unbelievable. They were the best…They all have faces of angels – I want to ask my children for forgiveness. I did my best and my wife did her best. Please everybody, love your child.” So heartbreaking.

The bodies of the seven Orthodox Jewish children have been flown to Israel and will be taken to Jerusalem for burial, according to the outlet.

Our thoughts are with the Sassoon family and their friends during this difficult time.

— Brittany King