19 people die in ´one of the worst´ fires in New York City history
- 2022-01-11 02:14:56
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At least 19 people, including nine minors, were killed Sunday and dozens were injured in a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx, New York, described by Mayor Eric Adams as "one of the worst" in the city's modern history.
Victims were found on every layer of this brick building. Smoke rose to the top of the building after the fire broke out in a duplex apartment on the second and third floors, according to firefighters.
"This is going to be one of the worst fires in our history," Adams, who attended the scene, said live. We know that we have 19 people who have died, as well as many others in critical condition, and more than 63 injured.”
Adams later confirmed on Twitter that there were nine minors among the 19 dead.
The new mayor, an African-American former policeman who took office on January 1, spoke of a "real tragedy for the city, not just the Bronx."
For his part, city fire official Daniel Negro said during a press conference that investigators "have determined on the basis of physical evidence and the first testimonies of residents that the fire broke out from a bedroom and from a backup heater."
Scenes broadcast on social media showed massive fires and thick black smoke rising from the window of a multi-storey building in the sprawling Bronx neighborhood in northern New York.
The firefighters had indicated in an earlier toll that thirty people had been injured.
Last Wednesday, a fire in an apartment building in Philadelphia killed 12 people, including eight children.
New York, home to about nine million people, suffers from a housing crisis in many of its neighborhoods, in addition to the aging of several buildings and their lack of necessary maintenance.