A child and a teenager were among three people killed Monday following a fast moving fire in Brooklyn.
The New York City Fire Department says the flames broke out around 5:30 p.m. inside the stairwell of a four-story brownstone located at 1150 Putnam Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Fire crews were able to bring it under control a short time later.
"They were met with heavy fire on the second floor. At the top of the stoop, in the hallway and up the stairs. We also had reports of people who had jumped. All we know is that might have been done prior to our arrival," said FDNY Deputy Chief Stephen Moro.
Fire officials say a 62-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were found on the top floor.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
A 3-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Seven others were hurt, including two firefighters.
People familiar with the block tell NY1 a large family lived in the 12-unit building.
"The husband, the wife, the kids, the family...maybe like eight kids," said one neighborhood resident.
"The people probably lived there a year or so. A lot of young women, pretty ladies. Never bothered nobody. In and out the house, sitting on the steps. I can't believe this is happening right now," said another.
Officials at the scene tell NY1 the fire is being labeled suspicious.
The cause is under investigation.