At least 12 people have been killed, including a one-year-old child, and 15 others were injured in a blaze that ripped through a Bronx apartment building.
Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed during a press conference that four of the 15 injured are in critical condition and fighting for their lives at a local hospital.
‘This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter century,’ de Blasio said, adding that the fire will rank as one of the ‘worst losses of life to a fire’ in many years for the city.
New York City Fire Department photos showed ladders stretched to the roof of the five-story building. About 170 firefighters worked in bone-chilling cold, just 15 degrees, to rescue people from the building. Water sprayed from hoses froze into ice on the street. ‘People died on various floors’ of the apartment building Nigro said, adding that their ages range from one-year-old to over 50. Nigro called the fire, ‘historic in its magnitude,’ because of the number of lives lost.
Nigro confirmed that the fire started on the first floor and quickly spread to the fifth floor of the building that has 25 apartments.