Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

At least 12 dead in Bronx apartment fire

At least 12 dead in Bronx apartment fire

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Phillips, said there were six fatalities but the eventual death toll was still uncertain.

"There are four people critically injured who are fighting for their lives, other serious injuries as well", he added.

"We may lose others as well", he said.

"This will rank as one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years", he told reporters.

Nigro said: "Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives". The victims, ranging in age from 1 to over 50, died on various floors of the apartment building.

A tenant in an adjoining building, Ana Santiago, told The New York Times that she fled when she smelled the smoke and saw young girls who had escaped the burning building on the fire escape standing barefoot outside with no coats.

The blaze was "historic in its magnitude", Nigro said.

Thierno Diallo, 59, a security guard originally from Guinea, who lives in a ground-floor apartment, said he was asleep when he heard banging on the door.

According to city records, the building had no elevator.

Many questions remained in the immediate aftermath of the blaze, including how the fire spread so quickly in a brick building built after catastrophic fires at the turn of the 20th century ushered in an era of tougher enforcement of fire codes. The latest complaint entered Thursday was from the FDNY requesting a structural stability inspection after the deadly, five-alarm fire.

About 170 firefighters battled the blaze at the five-story building in the Bronx, authorities said, braving the flames to rescue around a dozen people from inside. Searches were set to be conducted later tonight to see if anyone was left inside the building.

"We are closely monitoring the devastating fire in the Bronx".

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