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Bronx Fire Kills at Least 6 and Injures More

Posted December 28, 2017 9:46 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2017 9:48 p.m. EST

NEW YORK — At least six people were killed in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx on Thursday evening, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The Fire Department said at least nine others were seriously injured.

The spokesman, Eric Phillips, said on Twitter that there “will be more” victims. The fire commissioner was at the scene, he said, and de Blasio was on his way.

The first emergency call came at 6:51 p.m. for a fire on the third floor of a five-story apartment building at 2363 Prospect Ave. in the Belmont section, a spokesman for the New York City Fire Department said. Within an hour, the fire had reached four-alarm status, and more than 160 firefighters were on-site.

It was a bitterly cold night, with temperatures in the teens and windchill making it feel like single digits. Displaced residents walked around draped in American Red Cross blankets as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

Under a sign welcoming visitors to Little Italy, a woman wailed as she hopped out of a Red Cross vehicle. The woman, who declined to give her name, said that she had escaped with her daughter and pulled two children from a neighbor’s family from the fire, but that other children had been left behind.

“I had one on my front and one on my back,” she said, sobbing. “I couldn’t carry the rest of them.”

The building — a five-story walk-up on Prospect Avenue near East 187th Street, close to Fordham University and the Bronx Zoo — was built in 1916, according to property records. It has more than 20 units.