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New York City building fire leaves 17 dead, 8 hospitalized

A residential building fire in the Bronx has left seventeen people dead, including 8 children, and several more in hospital.

A Sunday morning blaze that began around 11AM with a portable space heater in an apartment bedroom has been deemed one of the worst fires in the city’s history by Mayor Eric Adams.

“This is a horrific, horrific, 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 in an address on Sunday.

Officials are investigating whether faulty fire alarms and doors in the building contributed to the loss of life, as residents have reported the stairwell door on the fifteenth floor not automatically closing, as intended, which may have led to smoke spreading further throughout the building.

According to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, about 200 firefighters battled the blaze on Sunday after the first 911 call was received around 11AM.

FDNY and the mayor are urging New Yorkers and people around the world to keep fire safety in mind and driving home the message to “close the door” when exiting to get away from a fire to slow the spread of smoke and flames.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: EAGLE TRIBUNE

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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