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Teen Rescues 4 From Deadly Brooklyn Fire

May 30, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 14-year-old girl rescued four children from a deadly apartment fire, but she couldn’t save her grandmother or another young child, who was critically injured, family members said.

Dacreene Shaw woke her grandmother when she discovered the fire and grabbed her infant son and three young siblings, said her aunt Drenda Shaw.

The grandmother, 61-year-old Sarah Shaw, had suffered a stroke years earlier and had difficulty walking. She was able to get out of bed but collapsed, Drenda Shaw said. A 1-year-old girl was in critical condition, authorities said.

The teen was being treated at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

``She’s taking it really hard because she feels like she didn’t save her grandmother,″ said her mother, Seanna Shaw. ``She feels like she didn’t try hard enough.″

The fire started just after 5 p.m. Monday at the Howard Houses, a 10-building public housing development in Brooklyn. Officials said the fire was contained in the family’s apartment. The cause of the fire was under investigation.