Mother and 3 Children Die in Fire That May Have Been Caused by Menorah as Father Heroically Tries to Save Them (VIDEO)

Yosi Azan lost his wife Aliza and three children Henrietta, 3, Yitzah, 7, and Moshe, 11, in the fire. (Yosi Azan/ Facebook)

A Jewish family is dealing with terrible tragedy as a mother and three of her children were killed in a house fire in Brooklyn that authorities reportedly believe may have been started by a Hanukkah menorah.


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 Azan family on a recent flight to Israel. (Yosi Azan/ Facebook)

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

Exhausted firefighters at the scene (WNBC)

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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives at the scene of the fire.

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.

Yosi Azan (RIGHT) at the Western Wall in Israel, as the family celebrated his sons bar Mitzvah. His wife Aliza who passed away is seen on the left. (Yosi Azan/ Facebook)

“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.

Yosi Azan helping a customer at The Hat Box on Coney Island avenue in Brooklyn. Azan is very beloved by customers, where he is known as “The Hat Maven” (Facbook)

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.

Rosh Yeshiva of Birkat Yizchak – Ohr Yehuda visits the Azan house last month. (Facebook)

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.

Yosi Azan rides in a charity race (Yitzy Engel YWN/ Yosi Azan Facebook)

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.


Heroic father, Yosi Dahan. (Photo Credit: David Zer)







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