NEW YORK (AP) — 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 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.
Residents of a Bronx apartment building where a deadly fire broke out are describing a chaotic scene.
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.