Child playing with lighter caused fatal NYC blaze

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 4:22 PM
Child playing with lighter caused fatal NYC blaze

Fire officials say a New York City blaze that killed three people was started by a 5-year-old playing with a lighter.

The fire started Monday on a mattress that was tossed into an apartment building stairwell in Brooklyn.

A 14-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl were killed along with a 62-year-old male relative. They were found on the top floor of the four-story building.

It's unclear if the mattress blocked their way out.

Police say a man remained in critical condition Tuesday. Three other building occupants and two firefighters suffered less severe injuries.