At least 12 people have died and many others were injured in a huge fire that broke out in an apartment building in New York City.
The fire department responded to the distress call from the residents and neighbors within three minutes of the incident. More than 160 firefighters arrived at the scene, located at the fifth story of an apartment building in the Bronx.
A huge fire broke out in an apartment building in the Bronx, New York. 12 people have already died so far
According to the Associated Press, which went through city records, the building has no elevator. However, it does have fire escapes.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire “historic in its magnitude”, given the number of lives lost.
Federal District of New York Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the incident a tragedy of historical magnitude
“Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives,” he said.
The fire, which is said to be under control now, broke out at around 7 p.m. Thursday night, starting from the first floor of the building and finally spreading to other parts of the structure.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio said to the press after the incident, "Tonight here in the Bronx, families have been torn apart". The mayor added that the incident was the "worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city."