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At least 12 dead in Bronx apartment fire

Thursday - 28/12/2017 22:33
Mayor Bill de Blasio called it the "worst fire tragedy in this city in at least a quarter century."
(Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP)
(Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP)

A four-alarm fire in the Bronx late Thursday killed at least 12 people and injured several more, authorities said.

The dead included a child of around a year old, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Additional residents suffered serious injuries, he said.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, “historic in its magnitude.”

More than 170 New York City firefighters responded to the scene of the fire.

Firefighters rescued at least 15 people, a city fire department spokesman told The (New York) Daily News. Twelve of the victims were in critical condition.

Crews were working in sub-freezing temperatures to extinguish the blaze in the 101-year-old, five-story walkup apartment building, which is located a block from the Bronx Zoo.

The building was erected in 1916, The New York Times reported.

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