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Suspicious fire kills 7-year-old Hazel Martinez in the Bronx

 

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Martinez died in 3 a.m. fire that also critically injured her 3-year-old half-sister in the family’s Grant Ave. apartment in Fleetwood. A 5-gallon gas tank was found at the scene, along with evidence a natural gas line had been tampered with, sources said. 	   	A fire broke out early Sunday morning on Grant Avenue, killing a 7-year-old girl. ENID ALVAREZ/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A fire broke out early Sunday morning on Grant Avenue, killing a 7-year-old girl.

A 7-year-old girl was killed and her 3-year-old half-sister critically injured when their Bronx apartment was consumed in a suspicious fire, police said.

The blaze broke out around 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the family’s fourth-floor home in Fleetwood, killing Hazel Martinez and injuring her sister Hailey.

One of the girls’ mothers was heard screaming as the fire destroyed the top-floor apartment.

“My kids! My kids! My kids are inside!” she yelled, a witness said.ccHazel Martinez and father, Shaun.

 A 5-gallon gas tank was found at the scene, along with evidence a natural gas line had been tampered with, sources said. But it remains unclear if either played a role in the deadly inferno, sources added.

Marshals are investigating how the blaze started. The apartment on on Grant Ave. was completely gutted by the fire.

“You see how ugly that looks?” said the girls’ anguished grandfather German Martinez, 64, pointing to the broken windows and ash-charred walls. “That’s how my heart feels right now.”

“I had to come here to see the devastation,” he added. “It was one of the most horrible things that I had to look at in my life.”

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