A five alarm fire in a Bronx Apartment building Sunday morning left 19 people dead, 9 of whom were children. Dozens of people were injured, with at least 13 still in critical condition, according to a spokesman for NY Mayor Eric Adams. Four firefighters were among the injured, one seriously. It was described as one of the most deadly fires in the city’s history. The death toll rose to 20 by the time this article was written.
The fire started on the second and third floors of the building in a duplex apartment just before 11 a.m. The door to the apartment was left open, which allowed smoke to accelerate through the building. The injuries were primarily from smoke inhalation, as the thick black smoke rose through the elevators while people attempted to get out of the building. It may have started form an electric space heater, according to authorities (AP).
“This is horrific, horrific, painful moment for the City of New York. The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of pain and despair to our city. We have over 32 people who have life-threatening injuries, we have nine serious injuries, and 22 injuries that are non-life-threatening. We have one member of service who was also removed to the hospital. This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed during modern times. I want to thank the FDNY, NYPD and EMS.”@nycmayor Eric Adams
19 people killed, including 9 children in tragic Bronx apartment building fire. It’s one of the worst fire disasters in New York City history. pic.twitter.com/TWzjaJSRhW— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 9, 2022
The Bronx apartment building where a deadly fire broke out on Sunday was full of working class residents, including some from Latin America and Africa. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire or why it spread so quickly.NYT
About 200 FDNY members fought the blaze, as dozens were rescued. 31 people were transported to five area hospitals. Though the fire is not believed to be of suspicious origin, an investigation into the cause is expected.
The smoke conditions in this building are unprecedented.FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro (Fox)
Just a few days ago, a deadly fire tore through a three story Philadelphia apartment building, killing 12, eight of whom were children. According to authorities, the four smoke detectors in the building were not functioning.
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