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Cause sought in Co-Op City fire that sent family to hospital

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FDNY crews were back at the scene Sunday of the Co-op City apartment where a family of five was rescued from a fire on Saturday.

Fire officials say the flames broke out around 10:15 a.m. at a high-rise building on Baychester Avenue.

The tenants of the apartment have been displaced, but all survived the scary situation.

When firefighters arrived, they found the father unconscious in the hallway after suffering from smoke inhalation.

Young boy critically hurt in apartment fire

They were able to drag him to a stairway and then searched the apartment to find a mother and three children inside.

Firefighters say they performed advanced life care on at least one child who had respiratory failure.

Tenants say they saw the damage the fire left on the family.

"I saw them taking one of the tenants out," said Henry Morales. "There was black smoke all over his face."

News 12 is told the family was taken to New York City Health and Hospitals-Jacobi to be treated. Four members of the family were taken in serious condition.

The Red Cross tells News 12 it left their contact information for the displaced family if they are in need of a place to stay.

The FDNY says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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