4-year-old half siblings die in accidental NY fire

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 20 at 3:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say 4-year-old half siblings have died in an accidental blaze caused by the children playing with fire at their New York City home.

The fire was reported before midnight Saturday in a two-story brick home in the Far Rockaway section of Queens.

Fire department spokesman Khalid Baylor didn't elaborate on how the children may have started the fire.

The two 4-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were pronounced dead at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Police have identified the boy as Jai'Launi Tinglin and the girl as Ayini Tinglin. They shared the same father.

Jai'Launi's twin sister is hospitalized in stable condition.

The children's 63-year-old grandfather and a 55-year-old woman survived the blaze and are in stable condition. The woman's relationship to the others is unclear.

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