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BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel – The bodies of seven ultra-Orthodox Jewish siblings who died in a fire in their Brooklyn home have arrived in Israel for burial.
The bodies of the children from the Sassoon family, ages 5 to 16, were being taken to Jerusalem Monday for burial. Their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn was shattered by the fatal house fire believed to have been caused by a hot plate left on for the Sabbath.
Investigators say the Sassoons' hot plate apparently malfunctioned, setting off flames that incinerated the stairs, trapping the children in their second-floor bedrooms as they slept.
Both the mother and a daughter — Gayle Sassoon and 14-year-old Siporah Sassoon — remained in critical condition.