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Fire kills nine in New York

CNN.com reports authorities said Thursday an extended family living in the Bronx, were trapped inside their house by a deadly fire. Witnesses say one woman was so desperate for help, she tossed children from a second-floor window to try to save them.

Eight of the victims were children, including 7-month-old twins and boys ages 4 and 9, according to authorities and relatives. A woman in her 40s also died, and 10 people were hospitalized.

Iht.com reports the family trapped in the house were Malian. The fire started when a space heater sparked a mattress in the house. The residents on the top floor were stranded there for two hours.

The fire was the deadliest in the city in over 17 years.