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Illegal fireworks may have caused a large apartment fire on Connie Island

Coney Island, Brooklyn (WABC)-Brooklyn’s family is grateful to be alive after losing everything in an early Monday morning fire.

Once cheerful, Connie Island’s apartments, filled with family memories and stunning sea views, are now full of ashes.

Svetlana Voldarski celebrated July 4th with his loved ones and slept that night. I never imagined they would run hard in a few hours.

“Suddenly, I hear a lot of cracks coming out of the windows,” Veronica Drickman said.

Eleven-year-old Drikman has been hailed as a hero for saving his family.

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“There was an explosion. Then I saw the blinds starting to burn. It broke very quickly. I started screaming and ran out of room,” Drickman said.

“It’s amazing that she wasn’t just frozen,” said Drickman’s mother, Borodark Sea.

Fire officials suspect that illegal fireworks landed on the 14th-floor balcony of Odwire Garden’s residential development, causing devastating flames.

The family ran barefoot in their pajamas. Their precious cat Mickey didn’t do that.

“We have lost our family. You are sleeping at midnight and your life is in turmoil,” said Voldarski.

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The family is currently staying in a one-bedroom apartment with their grandfather. They don’t know where to go next.

“Everything is gone. All memories,” said 13-year-old Ashton Drikman.

Originally from Ukraine, Voldarski served in the US Navy for 10 years. She hopes NYCHA can find another home for them.

A GoFundMe page Established to collect money for the family.

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