What We Know About the Victims in NYC Apartment Fire Tragedy
00:56, Dec 31, 2017
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Nigro called the loss of life from the fire, the worst in NY in 25 years, "unprecedented".
Twelve people are dead, including a child as young as one year old, in a fire at an apartment building on a frigid night in the Bronx, according to New York City's mayor.
"This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude", Nigro said via Twitter.
The tragic result was the deaths of at least 12 people, including at least four children, the New York Police Department said.
By the time the boy's mother was alerted to the fire, officials say the flames had spread too far.
Nigro said all the units in the building had fire alarms installed, but investigators were still trying to determine whether all of them were working.
A dozen people died, and four others were fighting for their lives a day after the flames broke out in the century-old building near the Bronx Zoo.
While fleeing, she left the door open to the first-floor apartment, which caused the fire to then immediately spread up the stairs to the fifth floor in the building.
"I've been calling his phone, it's ringing, but nobody picks up", Bredu said. The blaze swept out the apartment doorway to higher floors of the five-story building, fanned by fresh oxygen each time frightened tenants flung open windows. Among the dead: a mother and her two daughters and niece.
"The first story I heard is that she was up top and she couldn't get down", said George, 19, fighting back tears.
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Authorities said the boy was three-and-a-half years old.
"The smoke, I guess, overcame her".
Emelia Ascheampong, right, a resident of the building where at least 12 died in a fire, is embraced by a friend on December 29, 2017. "All I see is a bunch of kids on the fire escape, cold, with no jacket, no pajamas, no nothing", said Rafael Gonzalez, who lives across the street.
"I'm relieved I'm alive, but at the same time, it's like, where do I go?" About 20 people were already on fire escapes, Nigro said.
Mr Nigro added: "We may lose others as well".
"Right now, it's a memorial", he said.
A fireman with a child at the Bronx apartment block. She spent the night at an aunt's house.
Mensah lived with friends of his father - a married couple and their four children.
The NYPD, FDNY, city Office of Emergency Managment, Bronx Borough President's Office and Mayor's Office are conducting a cloathing and coat drive for those affected by the fire at Church of Saint Martin of Tours on Crotona Avenue from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. None of those complaints appear to be fire-related.
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