Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

At least 12 injured after fire breaks out at Bronx building

At least 12 injured after fire breaks out at Bronx building

At least 16 people were injured after a major fire broke at an apartment building in New York's Bronx area today.

The department said there were 22 non-life-threatening injuries reported to civilians and one injury to a firefighter.

The fire started on the first floor of a building on Commonwealth Avenue and East Tremont Avenue in the Van Nest section just after 5:30 a.m. The other victims suffered minor injuries.

"Numerous people were brought out of the building by the firefighters on scene", said New York City fire chief Daniel Nigro.

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One resident told NBC news that he fled the building, barefoot and bare-chested, along his three children into freezing temperatures that dipped as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius (minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit).

A huge fire engulfed a Bronx apartment building overnight.

"Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy fire". On the frigid morning, firefighters were battling not only the flames but the cold as well. The fire started at a furniture store on the ground floor and quickly spread throughout the building.

The mayor said a child playing with a stove apparently touched off last week's blaze.

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