Deadly fire descends on Bronx apartment building, victims include children

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Nineteen people were killed, including nine children, and dozens more were injured in an apartment building fire in New York’s Bronx neighborhood on Sunday, according to city officials and officials. local media.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has confirmed that 19 people have died from the blaze that started around 11 a.m. in a 19-story building.

Earlier Sunday, officials said 32 people had been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and around 60 people were injured in total.

“As of now, 19 people have died and several more are in critical condition,” Adams said in an interview with CNN.

Nine of the dead were children, The New York Times reported.

Some 200 firefighters helped put out the blaze. Its cause was not immediately known, the city’s fire commissioner, Daniel Nigro, told reporters at a press briefing on Sunday.

“Members found victims on every floor in the stairwells and brought them out in cardiac and respiratory arrest,” he said.

About 200 FDNY members are operating at the scene of a 5-alarm fire at 333 East 181 Street in the Bronx. There are currently 31 seriously injured civilians. pic.twitter.com/yrTYwOfonH

– FDNY (@FDNY) January 9, 2022 Firefighters “found victims on every floor and brought them out in cardiac and respiratory arrest,” he said. “It’s unheard of in our city.”

The fire started in a duplex apartment spanning the second and third floors. Firefighters found the apartment door open, which apparently allowed the fire to accelerate and quickly spread smoke upwards, Nigro said.

Nigro said the smoke spread to all floors of the building, possibly because the door to the apartment where it started was left open and the victims suffered from extensive smoke inhalation.

(AXADLETM with AP and REUTERS)

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