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