Queens, New York house fire kills two 4-year-old children

(CNN) -- Two 4-year-old children were killed after a fire broke out in a home in Queens around midnight Saturday.

Five people were rescued from the blaze, according to New York City Fire Department spokesman Khalid Baylor.

The fire began in the basement, officials said.

Aniya Tinglin and her brother Jai'Launi, both 4, were taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where they died, according to the authorities.

Another 4-year-old girl was taken to the same hospital and is in stable condition, said Baylor.

The two children who died were half-siblings who shared a father, and the girl who survived was Jai'Launi's twin sister, CNN affiliate WABC reported.

A 55-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man were taken to two area hospitals, where they are listed in critical but stable condition.

Barbara Smith, a friend of the family, spoke with WABC on Sunday morning and said the family is from the country of Jamaica and that the children were visiting.

"I was shocked. Shocked and frightened. Because it could happen to anyone," said Smith.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

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