Bodies of Siblings Killed in New York Fire Arrive in Israel

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Mourners watch as Gabriel Sassoon, the father of seven children killed in a Brooklyn fire Saturday is helped into a car after the funeral in New York March 22, 2015.Credit: REUTERS

The bodies of seven ultra-Orthodox Jewish siblings who died in a fire in their Brooklyn home have arrived in Israel for burial.

The bodies of the children from the Sassoon family, ages 5 to 16, were being taken to Jerusalem Monday for burial. Their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn was shattered by the fatal house fire believed to have been caused by a hot plate left on for the Sabbath.

Investigators say the Sassoons' hot plate apparently malfunctioned, setting off flames that incinerated the stairs, trapping the children in their second-floor bedrooms as they slept.

Both the mother and a daughter — Gayle Sassoon and 14-year-old Siporah Sassoon — remained in critical condition.

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