Bodies of 7 kids killed in NYC ‘hotplate’ fire arrive in Israel

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Mourners attend the funeral for seven children killed in a Brooklyn fire in New York on March 22, 2015. The funeral of seven Orthodox Jewish children who perished in one of New York's deadliest fires in years drew a sea of mourners on Sunday to a Brooklyn neighborhood where the blaze has raised concerns about the safety of Sabbath cooking practices. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ORTHODOX-FIRE, originally transmitted on March 23, 2015.

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(RNS) Fire officials believe the blaze was started by a malfunctioning hot plate being used to keep food warm during the 25-hour Sabbath, when religious restrictions forbid cooking.