Dozens injured in “horrific” fire in New York City, mayor says

Dozens injured in “horrific” fire in New York City, mayor says

At least 32 people were transported to hospitals with life-threatening injuries in a fire in a residential high-rise building in the Bronx on Sunday, the FDNY and New York City Mayor Eric Adams said. 

A total of 63 people were injured, Adams said a press conference Sunday afternoon. It was unclear how the fire started. Daniel Nigro, the city’s fire commissioner, said officials expected there to be “numerous fatalities.” 

“This is a painful moment for the city of New York and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city,” Adams said. “The numbers are horrific.”

More than 200 New York City firefighters responded to the five-alarm fire in a residential building in the Bronx on Sunday, the FDNY said.

The department said dispatchers received a call of a fire shortly before 11 a.m. on the third floor of a 19-floor high rise, and they also received calls of fire from residents on the upper floors. Nigro said the fire started in a duplex apartment between the second and third floors, and it traveled up the floors. He said the FDNY found victims in every floor in stairways. 

Nigro said a fire like this one is “unprecedented” in New York City.

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Last Update: Sun, 09 Jan 22 16:19:10