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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

9 Killed in New York Apartment Fire

NEW YORK -- A devastating fire swept through a three-story brick home, killing eight children and one adult and leaving several others seriously injured in one of New York City's deadliest blazes in recent memory, authorities said.

Witnesses described a ghastly sight of seeing a woman hurl children through broken windows late Wednesday night in hopes of saving them from the fire.

"All I see is just a big cloud of white dust and out of nowhere comes the first baby," said Edward Soto, who caught the child. He said he caught a second child thrown from the window moments later.

All the while, screams for help spread through the home, said Soto, who helped rescue the children along with fellow neighbor David Todd, 40.

Fire department spokesman Seth Andrews confirmed the death toll early Thursday. Investigators were at the scene trying to determine the cause, which was not immediately known.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that the fire might have resulted from a space heater or an overloaded power strip.

At least 10 people were injured, five of them seriously in the blaze in the largely residential neighborhood in the Bronx, one of New York City's five boroughs. Four firefighters and one other emergency worker were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Five children ranging in age from two to six were taken to the Jacobi Medical Center, and were suffering from smoke inhalation and burns, said spokesman Michael Heller. Three were in critical condition, and one of the victims -- an infant less than 1 year old -- died at the hospital. A relative said the victims were immigrants from Mali.