12 People Dead in Bronx Fire
Blaze in 5-story apartment building strikes on frigid night
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 28, 2017 8:53 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire, including a child around a year old. Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing late Thursday that additional residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries, per the AP. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire "historic in its magnitude," because of the number of lives lost. The fire was reported just before 7pm at a five-story building a block from the Bronx Zoo. About 170 firefighters fought the fire and rescued fleeing tenants, working in temperatures in the teens.

Photographs and video of the building seemed to show that the fire, which was reported just before 7pm, appeared to be under control. No smoke or flames were visible but windows on the third floor were smashed and blackened. One of the previous deadliest fires in recent memory happened elsewhere in the Bronx in 2007. Nine children and one adult died in a blaze sparked by a space heater.

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