New York: At least 12 have died and several others critically injured in a massive fire that broke out at an apartment building in the Bronx in New York City. The dead include an infant. Four people have been taken to a nearby hospital and are said to be “fighting for their lives”. The fire spread through several apartment floors. The firefighters rescued 12 people from the building. The cause of the fire isn’t known yet.
The fire at the New York apartment started at around 7 PM (local time) in the first floor in the Belmont section of the Bronx, a residential area. Upon receiving the information, fire tenders, and ambulances were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. More than 160 firefighters were sent to douse the fire in bone-chilling cold. The New York City apartment fire is reportedly under control now.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the site of the fire and said that this was the deadliest fire in at least last 25 years. “Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives. Hold your families close and keep those families here in the Bronx in your prayers,” de Blasio made an appeal to the New Yorkers.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said, “People died on various floors of the apartment, ranging in age from 1 to over 50,” adding, “In a department that is surely no stranger to tragedy, we’re shocked by the lives lost.”