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Child playing with stove blamed for massive Bronx fire that killed 12, officials say

12 dead in New York City home fire

Over 170 firemens worked for hours to include the four-alarm blaze in the Bronx.

A kid playing with a range fired up a huge fire Thursday night that eliminated a minimum of 12 individuals, consisting of kids, at an apartment in the Bronx district of New York City, authorities stated.

Daniel Nigro, the FDNY ’ s commissioner, informed press reporters Friday that a 31/2-year-old kid was messing around with a range on the very first flooring of the structure when the fire broke out around 7 p.m.

The mom of the kid left the apartment or condo with her 2 kids, leaving the door open which enabled the blaze to spread out rapidly, he stated.

More than 160 firemens reacted to the four-alarm fire in the Bronx, simply a block from the district’s renowned zoo. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nigro stated the event was the worst death brought on by fires in the city, leaving out the September 11 horror attacks, given that 87 individuals were eliminated at a social club fire in the Bronx in 1990.

More than 170 firemens were on the scene of the four-alarm fire, situated at a five-story walk-up apartment building in the Bronx, simply a block from the district’s famous zoo, FOX5 New York reported. The firemens worked to fight the blaze in temperature levels as low as 15 degrees.


The victims consisted of kids aged 1, 2, 7 and an unknown kid, the FDNY revealed. The other victims were 3 ladies aged 19, 37, 63, one unknown female and 4 unknown guys. Authorities have actually not called the victims. Lots of other victims were saved with injuries however were anticipated to recuperate.

The New York Times reported a female, her 2 children and her niece were amongst the dead. They were recognized as Karen Stewart-Francis, 37, and her children: Kylie Francis, 2, and Kelly Francis, 7 and her niece Shawntay Young, 19.

Smoke increases from a window of a burned apartment in the Bronx. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Stewart-Francis’ mom, informed the paper that 13 member of the family lived in the apartment.

“ My child. My grandchildren. Inform me, exactly what am I going to do? ” Ambrozia Stewart stated. “ Four individuals I lost.”

The structure had no elevator, the Associated Press reported, mentioning city records. Fire leaves showed up on the exterior of the structure.

The fire department reacted to emergency situation calls within 3 minutes.

Witnesses explained the scene of the fire and the panic from the structure’s occupants.

One witness, Xanral Collins, informed the New York Post he saw a dad running towards the structure, however was not able to go into.

“I saw him shouting, ‘My children are dead! My children are dead!'” Collins stated.

Jamal Flicker, a witness informed the New York Post he heard screams for aid.

“The smoke was insane, individuals shrieking, ‘Get out!” Flicker stated. “I heard a lady screaming, ‘We’re caught, assist!'”

“I heard a lady shouting, ‘We’re caught, assist!'”

– Jamal Flicker, a witness, stated.

Neighborhood homeowner Robert Gonzalez, who has a pal who resides in the structure, informed the Associated Press she went out on an emergency exit as another resident left with 5 kids.

“When I got here, she was sobbing,” Gonzalez stated.

Kwabena Mensah, who feared his boy, U.S. Army soldier Emmanuel Mensah, was among the victims of the terrible fire, verified his death to PIX11 on Friday.

Mensah’s uncle, Twum Bredu, informed The New York Times that his nephew “brough 4 individuals out. When he went to bring a 5th individual out, the fire overtook him.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at a press conference Thursday, recommended to “hold your households close and keep these households here in the Bronx in your prayers.”

The Associated Press added to this report.

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