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.
“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.
At least 12 dead in ‘historic’ Bronx building fire
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.
Nigro echoed the mayor’s words, calling the fire a “historic” tragedy.
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.”