12 Dead In Massive Blaze At Bronx Apartment Building


At least 12 people, including four children, died in what the mayor described as one of the worst fire tragedies New York City has seen in at least a quarter-century.

    Four others were critically injured.

    FDNY dispatched 160 firefighters, who saved at least 12 people from the 25 units and put out the fire by 11:15 p.m.

    Frigid temperature and brisk winds made fighting the blaze more difficult.

At least 12 people, including four children, died in a massive fire at a five-story apartment building in the Bronx on Thursday night.

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the death toll, and said at least four other people were critically injured.

Among the dead were three girls, ages 1, 2 and 7; an unidentified boy; three women, ages 19, 37 and 63; four unidentified men; and one unidentified woman, police said.

De Blasio, speaking at a Bronx news conference about 10 p.m., called it “the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter-century.” The mayor tweeted that the New York Fire Department rescued at least 12 people, who will survive. The fire was put out around 11:15 p.m.

Firefighters responded to a massive blaze at a Bronx apartment building in which at least 12 people had died late Thursday.

The fire began on the building’s first floor just before 7 p.m., New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. According to records found on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development website, the building had six open violations, including one for a carbon monoxide detection device in an apartment on the first floor.

“This tragedy is without question historic in its magnitude,” Nigro told reporters. He said tenants “died on various floors” of the building.

A Fire Department spokesman told HuffPost that Thursday night’s frigid weather made fighting the fire more difficult. Temperatures in New York City hovered around 11 degrees, with 9 mph winds. According to Yahoo’s weather app, temperatures in the city felt like minus 2 degrees when factoring in windchill.

Source: huffpost

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