12 dead in NY fire, including child
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, "historic in its magnitude," because of the number of lives lost
NEW YORK — New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire including a child around a year old.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing late Thursday that additional residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, "historic in its magnitude," because of the number of lives lost.
The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. 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.
"This will rank as one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years"— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 29, 2017
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reports 12 people dead, including one child, and 4 critically injured in a Bronx apartment building fire. Cause is being determined. pic.twitter.com/DK0hnyxxe0