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Multiple people, including children, were killed and dozens were injured in a five-alarm fire that broke out in a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx, fire sources confirmed to Fox News.
A fire official told Fox News there were more than 60 injuries in total.
That included four firefighters, one of whom was seriously injured, though none of their injuries is life-threatening, the fire official said.
More than 30 civilians had life-threatening injuries, he said, adding that nearly a dozen children and at least 10 adults were killed.
More than five dozen people were injured and 13 were still in critical condition in the hospital, Ringel said.
Most victims suffered severe smoke inhalation, FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference.
According to the FDNY, approximately 200 firefighters responded to the scene at the Twin Park apartments on East 181st Street.
News photographers captured images of firefighters entering the upper floors of the burning building on a ladder, children being given oxygen after being carried from the building and evacuees with faces covered in soot.
Firefighters “found victims on every floor and were taking them out in cardiac and respiratory arrest”, Nigro said. “That is unprecedented in our city. We expect there to be numerous fatalities.”
Nigro said the fire on Sunday originated in a duplex apartment spanning the second and third floors. Firefighters found the door to the apartment open, he said, which apparently allowed the fire to accelerate and spread smoke upward quickly.
originally posted by: sarahvital
the fire fighters ran out of O2.
how does that happen? sad incident. RIP.
ETA i heard it was a space heater. yes dangerous things. i have an oil filled heater that i don't use over 6.
the fire didn't spread that much. it was the smoke that took most.