A Child Playing With A Stove Started The Deadly Bronx Apartment Fire
31 December, 2017, 05:36 | Author: Diane Mills
The deadliest residential fire to hit New York City in at least a quarter century swept through a Bronx apartment building Thursday on one of the coldest nights this winter, killing 12 people and leaving four more fighting for their lives, city officials said. He says the city cited landlords over 7,752 times in the a year ago for violations of the self-closing-door requirement. The victims included an 8-month-old baby girl and her grandmother.
Thursday's blaze is the deadliest fire in the city since 87 people were killed at a social club in 1990. As his mother fled the burning apartment with him and his sibling, she left the apartment door open, a mistake that would prove fatal.
So each time someone opened a window, more oxygen rushed into the building and fanned the flames.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has called the fire, "historic in its magnitude", because of the number of lives lost.
"When I wake up, all I see is the flames going up, kids are on the fire escape", said neighbor Rafael Gonzalez.
"He brought four people out", his uncle Twum Bredu explains. "He had two or three people out", the father said amid tears.
Her nieces, Kylie and Charmela, were 2 and 7 years old. "That's his nature: He wants to help people out", Kwabena Mensah told CNN on Friday. He says he heard people screaming, "There's a fire in the building!" He brought people outside.
A family is still waiting to find out what became of a relative who was staying in a New York City apartment building where a fast-moving fire killed 12 people.
This visit was his first back to the Bronx in the year since he enlisted in the National Guard, his father said.
"Private Emmanuel Mensah was a first generation immigrant, a soldier, and a New Yorker". His heroism exemplifies the best of our city.
As smoke engulfed the building on Prospect Avenue just before 7 p.m. Thursday, family after family desperately ran out, barefoot and freezing, to try to get to safety.
Some residents made it down fire escapes.
New York City's fire commissioner says a stairwell acted like a chimney and quickly spread a deadly fire that was started by a child playing with a stove. They were trying to come out to the stairs and he stopped them. "Those that tried perished".
Survivors such as Joel Rodriguez now wonder what to do next.
The father lives next door to the now non-existent building.
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Forecasters said the temperature in the city was likely to dip under -12C, well below the typical average low for the day. The arctic air hangs around much of next week with sub-freezing temperatures possible through next Wednesday .
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