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Fire Burns 9-Year-Old Girl to Death on Sister’s Birthday in Brooklyn Home

Firefighters trying to kill the fire. (Photo by David Mark from Pixabay)

Officials said a 3-alarm fire that ripped through a Brownsville house early on Friday morning resulted in the death of a nine-year-old girl in Brooklyn. The family was caught off guard when it broke out and immediately spread. 

According to the New York Daily News, a fire on Friday morning completely destroyed the three-story home where a family was preparing for a birthday celebration that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old girl. 

Early Morning Fire Burns 9-Year-Old Girl in Brooklyn

The early morning fire claimed the life of the victim, who has been named Payton Thompson. Her uncle recalled that Payton was the last person to be saved from the tragic incident. He continued by mentioning his niece, who had tragically abandoned her sister on her birthday, and how the family had lost one member that day.

Her uncle recalled that Payton is a lovely girl, adding that hat she was witty, clever, and would let you know what she wanted. She was “fun,” enjoyed food, cherished her family, and developed friendships. 

The fire was said to have begun about 5:20 in the morning near Brownsville’s Howard Avenue, according to FDNY Deputy Chief James Carney (per Yahoo! News). When they arrived, he claimed a fire raged on the second storey, adding that the call had been made about the smell of smoke.

When Nigel Brown, 54, one of their neighbors, observed the flames shooting from the structure, he said his street was packed with FDNY fire engines. Brown looked back to the dead girl’s vibrant personality before reflecting on how the smoke had taken her away and wishing he could have helped. 

Officials to Investigate Cause of Fire

Sources told New York News that the flame near the back of the home, where Payton was, traveled from the second level to the third storey. The child’s nose was cleaned of soot, the uncle said, and the infant received first assistance at the site. He was also grateful that she was healthy. 

The victim is the homeowner’s granddaughter, according to Dr. Burchell Marcus, a community director and Brooklyn champion.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire last Friday, but the small girl’s death left the family in shock. 

In light of the incident that claimed his niece, Payton’s uncle emphasized that no one could bring Payton back and advised families to get along. The family felt betrayed by the tragic loss of Brooklyn, age 9, in a burning house on the day of her sister’s first birthday.

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