Jewish community leaders, lawmakers at fire safety session
Jewish community leaders, lawmakers at fire safety session Eliran Aharon

Firefighters and lawmakers met in Midwood, New York on Wednesday, to hold a landmark town hall meeting on fire safety after last week's tragic fire which killed seven children from the Sassoon family.

Arutz Sheva spoke to several lawmakers about the decision to hold the seminar so soon after the tragedy.

"We mourn the loss of seven innocent children," Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, stated to Arutz Sheva reporters at the scene. 

"The pain that this community feels is the pain felt by New Yorkers and the entire nation," she continued. "The laughter of seven children will be no seats in a classroom will be no more. But we can prevent this from happening again and that's why we're here today." 

Last Saturday, a fire engulfed the Sassoon family home after a hot plate malfunctioned on Shabbat. The blaze trapped the family inside their home as they slept; Elian (16), David (12), Rivka (11), Yehoshua (10), Moshe (8), Sara (6), and Yaakov (5) Sassoon died.

The mother of the family, Gail, 45, and daughter Tzipora, 14, escaped by jumping out of a window. They are currently in critical condition in a local hospital. 

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