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Fire in the Bronx kills at least 12

At least a dozen people, including a baby, have been killed in a fire at an apartment block in the Bronx, New York City

The blaze broke out in the five-storey building a block away from the Bronx Zoo shortly before 7pm local time.

Around 170 firefighters were rushed to the scene on what was one of the coldest nights of the year with the temperature plunging to -9C (15F).

Fire chiefs said the blaze started on the ground floor and swiftly spread upwards. The victims are understood to range from one year old to over 50.

Another 12 people were reported to have been rescued and four others were seriously injured.

A crowd gathers as New York Fire Department personnel fight a fire in the Bronx

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“This tragedy is without question historic in its magnitude here, and our hearts go out every family that lost a loved one here and everyone that’s fighting for their lives,” said Daniel Nigro, the city’s fire commissioner.

“The smoke was crazy, people screaming, ‘Get out!,” a witness, Jamal Flicker, told the New York Post. “I heard a woman yelling, ‘We’re trapped, help!”

Another witness Xanral Collins said he feared small children were among the dead.

A ladder from a fire truck extends to an apartment window where firefighters respond to a deadly fire

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“A father ran into the building, he couldn’t get in,” Collins said. “I saw him screaming, `My babies are dead! My babies are dead!'”

The fire appeared to have been brought under control with photos showing neither smoke nor flames, although windos on the upper floors were blackened and had been smashed.

“In the middle of the holiday season, a time when families are together, tonight here in the Bronx there are families that have been torn apart,” said Bill de Blasio, New York City’

 “This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter-century.

“Based on the information we have now, this will rank as one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years.” 

Article Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/29/fire-bronx-kills-least-12/

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