At least 19 people have been confirmed dead by Police in the fire that broke out in a Apartment Building In The Bronx today Sunday 9. At least 54 are injured.
FDNY estimates that at least 200 firefighters were dispatched to the apartment building.
According to Daniel Nigro, Commissioner of the FDNY, the fire started on the third floor. The door to the apartment was left opened which facilitated the spreading of the fire.
The five-alarm blaze broke out at 333 E 181st St, a 19-story building in the West Bronx, the FDNY said.
Fire officials have not confirmed any other fatalities but said that at least 32 people sustained life-threatening injuries. Among the dead is a 4-year old, according to police sources.
Mayor Eric Adams was on the scene Sunday, calling the fire “a horrific, horrific painful moment for the City of New York.”
“The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of pain and despair in this city,” Adams said at a press conference. “This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed in the City of New York in modern times.”
“This smoke extended the entire height of the building, completely unusual,” he said. “Members found victims on every floor in stairwells.” “The last time we had a loss of life that may be this horrific was at Happy Land Fire over 30 years ago here in the Bronx.”Daniel Nigro