Six-alarm blaze in the Bronx injures at least a dozen

03 January, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Bert Pena
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It was the deadliest fire in New York City in more than 25 years, officials said, and left at least 14 families homeless.

But a spokesman for the fire department later told AFP that four of the injured were in a life-threatening condition. The other victims suffered minor injuries.

The massive fire comes less than a week after another fire, caused by a child playing with a stove, killed at least 12 people, including several children.

The displaced residents were placed on an MTA bus so they could keep warm while firefighters continued battling the blaze.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. There were numerous injuries reported from the morning fire which took over 200 firefighters to control.

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The fire is believed to have started in the Beverly Hills Furniture store on the street level of the four-floor building.

The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest. Firefighters have been pulled from the building and fight the blaze from outside, the FDNY said.

Investigators say the fire was sparked by a child playing with a stove.

"Praying for a swift recovery for all those injured", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.


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