Two young children were killed in a fire in a New York City apartment building that investigators say broke out while their mother was across the street at a laundromat.
The incident took place Wednesday evening at a public housing complex in the Bronx.
Authorities say they found the sisters, 18-month-old Amanda Jabie and two-year-old Jannubi Jabie, inside the burning third-floor apartment. They were taken to a hospital, where they died a short time later.
Witnesses say they saw the mother run out of the laundromat when she heard the sirens from the fire trucks. They say she collapsed outside the building when she was unable to get inside.
Authorities say at least eight other people were injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.