Dec 2017 Bronx Fire

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  1. DeathHand

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    Bronx Apartment Building Fire

    December 28, 2017

    At least 12 people were killed when a fire fueled by gusty winds tore through a century-old apartment building in the Bronx on a frigid Thursday night, New York City officials said. It was the deadliest fire in the city in more than a quarter-century.

    In addition to the deaths, four people were critically injured and two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference late Thursday. The youngest among the dead was 1 year old, the oldest over 50.

    “Tonight in the Bronx we’ve seen the worst fire tragedy in at least a quarter of a century,’’ the mayor said on Twitter late Thursday. “It is unspeakable, and families have been torn apart.”

    The first emergency call came at 6:51 p.m. for a fire in a five-story apartment building at 2363 Prospect Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood, a spokesman for the New York City Fire Department said. The department responded in three minutes, the mayor said, and firefighters were able to rescue 12 people.

    It was a bitterly cold night, with temperatures in the teens, and the wind chill made it feel below zero. Three young girls were whisked into a neighboring building after climbing down a fire escape with no shoes or coats.

    Officials said they were opening up the nearby Grace H. Dodge vocational high school as a reception center for people who needed housing and other services. People looking for relatives who lived in the building were also told to go to the school, or to call 311.

    Luz Hernandez said she first realized something was wrong when the smell of burning rubber filled her apartment on the fourth floor, followed by smoke so thick that the room turned pitch-black. She summoned her husband and two sons, 11 and 16, to the window, and they descended the front fire escape as smoke rose near them.

    Through the closed windows of a building next door, the smoke seeped into a fifth-floor apartment where Ana Santiago, 25, was cooking dinner.

    Ms. Santiago said she called 911 and ran downstairs with her 4-year-old son, knocking on neighbors’ doors as she went. When she reached the street, she saw a man lying on the ground, she said, pointing to a patch of sidewalk where glass shards lay like snow. She could not tell if he was alive or dead.

    “I saw the body, I almost passed out,” she said.

    Down the street, under a sign welcoming visitors to Little Italy, Dianna Reyes wailed as she hopped out of a Red Cross vehicle. She said that she had escaped with her daughter and pulled a neighbor’s two children from the fire, but that she had to leave other children behind.

    “I had one on my front and one on my back,” Ms. Reyes said, sobbing. “I couldn’t carry the rest of them.”

    Thieron Diallo, 59, a Guinean immigrant who lived in a basement apartment, said the tenants of the building — a five-story walk-up near East 187th Street, close to the Bronx Zoo — were a diverse set, including Africans, West Indians and Hispanics.

    The building, constructed of plaster and brick, was not fireproof. It was built in 1916 and had more than 20 units, according to property records.

    City records appeared to indicate that as of Thursday, the building had six open violations, including one for a defective smoke detector on the first floor. That was the floor where the fire began, Commissioner Nigro said.

    The 12 confirmed fatalities made the fire the deadliest since an inferno at the Happy Land social club — less than a mile from Thursday’s blaze — killed 87 people in 1990. It surpassed the toll from a fire a decade ago, in March 2007, when an overheated cord to a space heater caused a fire that tore through a four-story house in the Bronx and killed 10 people, nine of them children.

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  2. SintoSoCal

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    Fire...Hell on earth personified smh
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    Images.

    Belmont, Bronx, NYC, USA, December 28, 2017.

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    2. I circled a window where it appears tenants are looking out.
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    Great post and thanks for the info. That's much more than I've been able to find here in the States, especially the photos.
     
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    fucked up shit always happens around the holidays. so sad for these families.
     
  6. ghoststories

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    I dont know why i find the third picture so funny, its like a jolly family photo
     
  7. Honest One

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    Stupid kid was playing with the stove, funny how that family escaped when many others perished.
     
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