3 young brothers die in Bronx fire

(CNN) — Officials on Saturday were investigating the cause of a blaze that swept through a Bronx apartment Friday night, killing three young brothers, New York police said.

The boys — Elijah Artis, 5; Jeremiah Artis, 2; and Michael Turner, 4 months — were declared dead on arrival at Lincoln Medical Center, police said.

CNN affiliate WABC reported that their mother and two sisters — ages 4 years and 4 months — were treated for smoke inhalation.

Three other people suffered injuries and were taken to a hospital, the fire department said.

The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. in a six-story apartment complex on West 165th Street near Anderson Avenue, fire department spokesman Danny Glover told CNN. It was declared under control at about 9:30 p.m., he said.

Friday’s fire occurred half a mile from Yankee Stadium and 180 feet from 1022 Woodycrest Avenue, a four-story building that caught fire in March 2007 when a space heater cord overheated, killing 10 people, nine of them children.

At the time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it the worst fire in New York City since the Happy Land social club — also in the Bronx — went up in flames in 1990, killing 87 people.

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