Five people, including small children, died on Sunday in a house fire in the New York City borough of Queens, the city's deadliest such blaze in two years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
A passing motorist spotted the roaring fire that engulfed the home in the Queens Village neighborhood and called the fire department around 2:30 p.m., the New York Fire Department said in a statement on its Facebook page.
"None of the five people in the home survived," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in the statement. "It's a terrible, tragic loss."
Small children were among the dead, de Blasio said.
"Our job now is to get down to the bottom of what happened and do everything we can to make sure that no family ever suffers like this again," de Blasio said on Twitter.
The cause of the fire, which took firefighters more than three hours to control, was under investigation, he said.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing by Peter Cooney)