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19 Dead in Bronx Apartment Building Fire, Many More Injured


New York City Mayor Eric Adams called it one of the city’s worst fires in modern times.

By James Fanelli.

Nineteen people, including nine children, were killed in a fire in a Bronx apartment building on Sunday, New York City fire officials said, in one of the city’s deadliest blazes in recent years.

Dozens more were injured in the fire, which started before noon in a duplex unit in a 19-story building in the Tremont section of the borough, officials said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called it one of the city’s worst fires in modern times. “This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of New York,” he said at a press conference at the scene of the fire. “The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city.”

The response drew more than 200 firefighters, according to FDNY officials. Fire Department of New York Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters arrived within three minutes of getting calls about the blaze. They were met with heavy smoke and fire in the hallways of the building, he said.

Mr. Nigro said the cause of the fire hadn’t been determined but was being investigated.

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