Monday, 10 December, 2018

A Child Playing With A Stove Started The Deadly Bronx Apartment Fire

Family patriarch Holt Francis emerged alive from the deadly mix of smoke and flames but his prognosis on Saturday was dire Family patriarch Holt Francis emerged alive from the deadly mix of smoke and flames but his prognosis on Saturday was dire
Glenn Montgomery | 31 December, 2017, 07:20

The Democrat says first responders saved at least 12 lives. His age was not given.

At least 20 people scrambled out via fire escapes on a bitterly cold night, but others could not.

Witnesses describe seeing burned bodies being carried away on stretchers and young girls who had escaped standing barefoot outside with no coats. Investigators are working to determine the cause and why the fire moved so quickly.

The victims of New York City's deadliest fire in decades include a man who immigrated to the Bronx from Ghana and dreamed of becoming a military policeman.

Some tenants of the building climbed down fire escapes.

"Close the door, close the door, close the door", Nigro said. It took him a moment to realize what was happening.

The drugstore cashier said she was at work when she heard about the fire in their Belmont neighborhood. He ran out in his bathrobe, jacket and sandals. "He just came for the holidays", he said of Emmanuel, who was staying in an apartment with friends.

De Blasio said Friday on WNYC that four people are still fighting for their lives following the fire Thursday night in the Bronx.

The family said Mensah lived with a roommate in the five-story building, set ablaze by a 3-year-old boy playing with a gas stove.

The blaze broke out Thursday evening in a 25-apartment building near the Bronx Zoo, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States financial capital.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, "historic in its magnitude", because of the number of lives lost.

The NYPD, FDNY, city Office of Emergency Managment, Bronx Borough President's Office and Mayor's Office were conducting a cloathing and coat drive for those affected by the fire at Church of Saint Martin of Tours on Crotona Avenue from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Police on Saturday released the identities of an additional seven victims of New York City's deadliest fire in decades, including a 7-month-old baby girl who was among the dozen people who lost their lives.

The plaster and brick structure, built in 1916, had six open violations including for a defective smoke detector, The New York Times reported, though De Blasio said there was nothing problematic "as far as we can see".

Press Secretary Eric Phillips says the eventual toll is still uncertain.

About 170 firefighters are at the five-story, walk-up apartment house.

Temperatures are in the teens in NY, with winds making it feel like single digits.

Another four people were critically injured.

The management company for the building's owner, D&E Equities, said it was talking to city officials and was "shocked and saddened" by the deaths and injuries.

Firefighters were on the scene in just over three minutes, but for some, it was already too late.

As smoke and flames engulfed the building near the Bronx Zoo, Mensah bravely helped evacuate neighboring units, relatives and the mayor's office said.

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