New York City was hit was a horrifying tragedy over the weekend after a deadly fire claimed multiple lives.
According to Fox News, a 19-story Bronx apartment complex turned into an inferno on Sunday that left almost 20 people dead and many more with serious injuries.
Two hundred firefighters showed up to battle massive blaze
Among the injured were four New York City firefighters, although a fire official told the network that only one was hurt seriously and none of the injuries were said to be life-threatening.
The fire department addressed the incident in a tweet on Sunday morning that read, “Approximately 200 FDNY members are operating on scene of a 5-alarm fire at 333 East 181 Street in the Bronx. There are currently 31 serious injuries to civilians.”
Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) Commissioner Daniel Nigro was quoted by Fox News as saying that the fire largely took place on the building’s second and third floors.
He added that a door to the apartment where the blaze began was left open, thus allowing smoke to billow through the structure.
Fire commissioner says this is the worst fire New York has seen in decades
Nigro went on to say that the fire was among the worst that New York had seen in recent decades, stressing, “The smoke conditions in this building are unprecedented.”
He compared the size of the fire to a 1990 act of arson that resulted in some 87 people dying at the Happy Land social club.
Meanwhile, newly sworn in Mayor Eric Adams, who is himself a former police officer, praised the firefighters for continuing to do their jobs despite running low on oxygen.
“You can’t do this if you don’t feel attached to this city and this community,” Adams said at an event where New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Sen. Chuck Schumer were also present.
“I really want to thank them for putting the lives on the line to save lives,” the mayor said of the city’s first responders.
Adams also explained that the fire appears to have started as a result of a faulty space heater, although further investigation will be carried out.