Apartment fire in New York the worst in years
A malfunctioning electric heater on the 3rd floor of a 19-story building in New York City’s Bronx borough has led to the deaths of 19 people, including 9 children. Forty-four people were injured, and 13 were hospitalised in critical condition. Officials say one apartment and the adjoining hallway were burnt, but thick smoke filled the building, and most victims died of severe smoke inhalation. Firefighters found victims on every floor, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Reports say the block was built in the early 70s as affordable housing, and some residents of the 120 units initially ignored the smoke alarms because false alarms happened a lot. The high death toll makes it New York City’s deadliest blaze in 3 decades.
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