Friday, 22 June, 2018

12 dead in fast-moving NY apartment fire

Soldier home for Christmas died trying to save lives as New York's worst fire for a generation kills 12, including four kids FDNY releases fatal Bronx apartment fire video
Jay Anderson | 31 December, 2017, 06:49

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.

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

Officials found the victims, one of whom was 1 year old, on various floors. "He never made it out".

City officials have declared the incident as the deadliest fire in New York City in over 25 years.

The cause remained under investigation.

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017.

Some tenants of the building climbed down fire escapes.




The blaze Thursday night left 12 people dead including a child around a year old and four more people fighting for their lives.

Thierno Diallo, 59, a security guard originally from Conakry, Guinea, who lives in a ground floor apartment said he was asleep when he heard banging on the door.

Some families in the apartment building are part of the parish so he rushed to the location "as soon as I could get there", he said. He said he was forced to run out barefoot, wearing only a bathrobe.

The New York Times reports that Mensah passed away due to smoke inhalation while saving people from a burning apartment building that neighbored his own residence.

There were seven firefighters injured in the fire and seven civilians injured.

Mayor de Blasio told CNN on Friday, "This is a bad tragedy in the middle of the holidays". The Fire Department of NY said earlier that 15 people were seriously injured in the fire near the Bronx Zoo Thursday night. Nine children and one adult died in a blaze sparked by a space heater. He became one of the 12 people who lost their lives in the inferno that took place in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

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