The deadliest New York City fire in decades killed at least 19 Bronx building residents Sunday, including nine children, FDNY sources said.
The five-alarm blaze broke out about 10:54 a.m. in a bedroom of a duplex apartment spanning the second and third floors of the 19-story tower in Fordham Heights.
“This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of New York and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city,” Mayor Adams said at the scene. “The numbers are horrific.”
“This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed during modern times in the city of New York,” the mayor added. He noted that hero firefighters kept pressing through the deadly smoke to search for victims even after their oxygen tanks ran out of air.
Firefighters arrived within three minutes, their ranks soon swelling to 200 to battle the blaze at 333 E. 181st St. near Tiebout Ave., FDNY officials said. It was brought under control at 1:26 p.m.
”They were met in the hallway with this fire,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the scene. “Very heavy smoke, very heavy fire.”
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Emma Seiwell, Brittany Kriegstein, Haley Brown, Thomas Tracy, Elizabeth Keogh, and John Annese