UPDATE (AP) — New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades apparently began as a child played with a first-floor stove then spread quickly throughout a Bronx apartment building, killing 12 people and leaving four others fighting for their lives, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
Those who died Thursday night included girls ages 1, 2 and 7, and a boy whose age was not given. De Blasio, a Democrat, says responders saved at least 12 lives.
“Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, “historic in its magnitude,” because of the number of lives lost. Excluding the Sept. 11 attacks, it was the worst fire in the city since 87 people were killed at a social club fire in the Bronx in 1990.
“Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives,” Nigro said.
The blaze broke out on the first floor of a five-story building just before 7 p.m. and quickly tore through the roughly century-old structure near the Bronx Zoo.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on deadly Bronx apartment building fire (all times local):
Residents of a Bronx apartment building where a deadly fire broke out are describing a chaotic scene.
The blaze Thursday night left 12 people dead including a child around a year old and four more people fighting for their lives.
Fifty-nine-year-old Thierno Diallo says he was asleep in his ground floor apartment when he heard banging on the door. Diallo says it took him a moment to realize what was happening. He says he heard people screaming, "There's a fire in the building!" He ran out in his bathrobe, jacket and sandals.
Neighborhood resident Robert Gonzalez, who has a friend who lives in the building, says she got out on a fire escape.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has called the fire, "historic in its magnitude," because of the number of lives lost.
New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire including a child around a year old.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) said during a briefing late Thursday that additional residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, "historic in its magnitude," because of the number of lives lost.
The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. at a five-story building a block from the Bronx Zoo.
About 170 firefighters fought the fire and rescued fleeing tenants, working in temperatures in the teens.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City mayor: 12 dead in Bronx apartment building fire including a baby.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City mayor's press secretary says at least six people have died in a blaze at a Bronx apartment building on a frigid night, and several more have been injured.
Press Secretary Eric Phillips says the eventual toll is still uncertain. The Fire Department of New York said earlier that 15 people were seriously injured in the fire near the Bronx Zoo Thursday night.
About 170 firefighters are at the five-story, walk-up apartment house. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio also plans to head there.
Temperatures are in the teens in New York, with winds making it feel like single digits.
One of the deadliest fires in recent memory happened elsewhere in the Bronx in 2007. Nine children and one adult died in a blaze sparked by a space heater.