Five other family members were injured in the early Monday blaze, including the father, three other children and a cousin who were rushed to Staten Island University Hospital. The father and two children are in critical condition, according to The New York Times.
The fire on East 14th Street in Sheepshead Bay was discovered and called in at around 2:00 a.m. Two teen boys managed to jump from a second floor in the house. The others escaped through a side door. The entire house was engulfed in flames and burned through the second floor and the attic
Firefighters reportedly arrived at the home in less than two and a half minutes from when the call came in. Five firefighters also were injured while battling the blaze.
The family is the Azan family, originally from Israel. The father was identified as Yossi Azan, 45, who the website said worked at the Hat Box on Coney Island Avenue for many years.
Azan is being described as a hero today by FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro, who spoke about his heroic actions that saved two of his children.
“He was able to get out of the 2nd floor, he was severely burned, he tried to get back in to save the rest of his family, the ones that he didn’t already save, we believe he acted very courageously and tried desperately and hopefully it didn’t cost his life also,” Fire commissioner Nigro said. Nigro added that it appears that the smoke detectors were functioning when the fire was blazing. The beeping from the smoke detectors managed to wake up the two teens who managed to escape by jumping from the second floor.
In 2015, Yosi Azan posted in disbelief about news of the tragic Sassoon family fire.
“I know the family. It is something that is so hard to comprehend. Three of the kids were classmates with my kids.” Azan posted.
The Sassoon family who were killed in a Brooklyn house fire in the Flatbush section in March 2015. The cause of that fire was a faulty hot plate that was left on, on Shabbat.
The news website Yeshiva World News, is citing what it called “highly credible sources” confirming that the FDNY is investigating the blaze as being started by the family’s Hanukkah menorah.
The funeral will be held at 7:00pm at the family’s synagogue, Beit Knesset Shevet Achim, located at Avenue T and East 7th Street in Flatbush.
The deceased will then be flown to Jerusalem, Israel, for burial.
Please say Tehillim for the victims of the Brooklyn fire. Yosef ben Ahuva Masuda (The father), Shilat bas Louza Aliza (16), Daniel ben Louza Aliza (15), and Avraham ben Louza Aliza (13) who are in very critical condition.