FOX23 spoke exclusively with the fire captain whose crew found one of the victims inside the London Square Apartments Monday afternoon.
When Station 28 turned onto 59th Street they could see smoke and flames. What they didn't know is that there were kids still inside.
Douglas Carner's crew goes on multiple calls every shift, but ones like Monday's don't come along often.
"When this does happen it does take an emotional toll on everyone on scene," Carner said.
Station 28 was finishing a medical call when they heard about the fire, so hey came to help.
"As we pulled up we could see flames coming out of the bedroom window of the apartment," Carner said. "We just saw heavy, heavy black smoke."
There were no reports of a rescue at that time, so they helped attack the fire.
Moments later, they heard that two kids were possibly still in the apartment.
"Everybody pretty much stopped what they were doing and started rescue at that point," Carner said. "Especially when we heard there was a child involved."
They had the 6-year-old girl out within a minute.
"The room we entered had intense heat, intense smoke. Even with the high-powered flashlights we have, we were down on the ground just so we could see," Carner said.
These guys are trained to deal with these types of rescues, but Carner said after it's all said and done, it does still take an emotional toll on them.