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Twelve, including a child, dead in massive Bronx fire

A raging apartment fire claimed 12 victims including a 1-year-old child on Thursday night in the Bronx as firefighters battled frigid conditions to get tenants out and bring the blaze under control.

Four others who were taken from the five-story building on Prospect Ave. at E. 187th St. in Belmont are in critical condition, Mayor de Blasio said in a press conference Thursday night.

“This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city — it will rank as one of the worst losses in a fire in many years,” the mayor said.

Over 160 firefighters battle a deadly 4-alarm fire on Prospect Ave. at E. 187th St. in Belmont, the Bronx, on Thursday night, December 28, 2017.

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The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who noted that the casualties occurred across different floors and the victims ages ranged from 1 to over 50.

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Nigro echoed the mayor’s words, calling the fire a “historic” tragedy.

A child is wrapped in a blanket outside the building as firefighters battle the blaze in 15-degree weather.

A child is wrapped in a blanket outside the building as firefighters battle the blaze in 15-degree weather.

(SAM COSTANZA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The fire broke out at 6:51 p.m. and quickly spread, fire officials said. At least 12 people were rescued.

Smoke eaters were battling cold and icy conditions as they fought the flames, the spokesman said.

“We are closely monitoring the devastating fire in the Bronx,” Gov. Cuomo said in a tweet. “As always we are thankful for our first responders. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families tonight.”

source: nydaily

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