New York Mayor: “This Will Be One of the Worst Fires in Our History”


At least 19 people have been killed in a fire in an apartment building in the New York borough of the Bronx.

It informs Mayor Eric Adams.

“The numbers are awful. This is going to be one of the worst fires we have seen in modern times, “the mayor said at a news conference on Sunday, according to the New York Times, before the preliminary death toll was announced.

In a post on Twitter from the mayor, it sounds like nine of the dead are children.

“Let us pray together for those we have lost – especially the nine innocent, young lives that ended far too soon,” writes Eric Adams.

Before the preliminary death toll was announced, the report was that a total of 63 people had been injured, of which 32 had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The fire started around 11 a.m. local time in a two-story apartment on the second floor. Since then, the smoke has spread to all 19 floors, according to Daniel Nigro, head of the city’s fire department, according to the New York Times.

“Firefighters found victims on all floors of the stairs,” said Daniel Nigro.

A total of 200 firefighters were present to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is not known at present.

But according to the fire chief, the smoke could have spread because the door to the apartment where the fire started was probably left open.

Daniel Nigro goes on to say that it is over 30 years ago that a fire has cost so many lives in New York.

A resident of the building tells the New York Times that his third-floor apartment was filled with smoke in a short time.

“We were just trying to breathe,” Wesley Patterson told the newspaper.

Together with his girlfriend and his brother, Patterson managed to get out of a window with the help of firefighters.

They tried before fleeing out the front door, but instead more smoke just entered the apartment.

For just four days, the United States was also hit by a violent building fire in Philadelphia. Twelve people died here, including eight children.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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