According to US media citing police sources, one of the deceased was a four-year-old child, but fire officials have not confirmed the death toll
According to media reports, a level 5 fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx, New York, killing at least 19 people and seriously injuring dozens of others. Many people are hospitalized because of smoke inhalation.
On Sunday morning, a fire broke out on the third floor of the 19-story building. Although the original cause is still unknown, firefighters were called to the scene at about 11 am local time and said that the door of the apartment on fire had been open, allowing the fire to spread more quickly. Photos of the building show that when people climbed down the ladders installed by rescuers, flames and smoke billowed from the windows on the third floor.
Mayor Eric Adams called this one of the worst fires in the city’s history and said everyone would feel the impact.
Before being finally brought under control, about 200 firefighters were dispatched to put out the fire near Fordham Heights. City officials are mobilizing resources to the area near East 181st Street and Valentine Avenue, where the building is located, to help displaced residents and their families.
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