Mayor: Child playing with stove burners started deadly NY apartment fire

Mayor: Child playing with stove burners started deadly NY apartment fire

Not even global warming can fend off the dangerously cold Arctic air that has settled over half of the country, and meteorologists say relief likely won't come for at least another week, The New York Times reports. The fire commissioner reminded all New Yorkers of his department's frequent messages emphasizing the crucial step residents must take in the event of a fire.

Numerous 25 families who lived in the Bronx apartment building were immigrants, "hard-working people going about their lives", said Jonathan Morris, the priest at the nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, who said he spent Thursday night with the families at St. Barnabas Hospital as they were called upon to identify the dead.

"In a department that's certainly no stranger to tragedy, we're shocked at this loss", he said on Twitter.

The building is in the Belmont section of the Bronx, a primarily residential, close-knit neighbourhood known as the "Little Italy" of the borough, near Fordham University and the Bronx Zoo. And the Thursday night blaze was New York City's deadliest since a blaze at a Bronx club killed 87 people in 1990.

Some tenants of the building climbed down fire escapes, but the flames moved so fast that many never made it out of their apartments.

A massive apartment inferno killed 12 people in Bronx, New York-including four members of the same family. From there, the fire spread throughout the five-story building, authorities said.

The building, with 26 apartments, has at least six open building code violations, according to city records. "We won't tell you anything more about it other than they range in ages from 1 to over 50".

Dangerously cold wind chills
That'll be short lived, however, because Wednesday another push of cold air moves in sending us close to double digits below zero. Skies will be clear, the breezes will be biting, and the temperatures and the wind chills will both be bitterly cold.

They included Karen Francis, 37, her 2-year-old daughter Kylie, and her 7-year-old daughter Charmela.

"I got scared and freaked out because I thought I was going to fall off the fire escape, but I tried my best", Martinez said.

"He brought four people out", Bredu told The Times.

"I opened the door and it was pitch black", Rodriguez said. Batiz, who lived in the building, was at work when the fire started just before 7 p.m. "The building is gone", he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN that the apartment building is believed to be more than 100 years old. The communications officer for the Red Cross, Michael de Vulpillieres, said they gave out blankets, temporary housing, food, drinks and mental health care to residents who needed amid the "emotional" time.

A fireman with a child at the Bronx apartment block. No one has been able find Mensah; his family has checked four hospitals.

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