Toddler Playing With Stove Sparks NYC Blaze That Killed 12

31 December, 2017, 07:19 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Toddler Playing With Stove Sparks NYC Blaze That Killed 12

The plaster and brick structure, built in 1916, had six open violations including for a defective smoke detector, The New York Times reported, though De Blasio said there was nothing problematic "as far as we can see". The apartment building at 2363 Prospect Ave., is about half a mile from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the Bronx, the northernmost borough in New York City.

The fire started in the first-floor apartment of an old 5-story building and spread through all floors, killing 12 people. The fire started when a three-year-old child was playing with the burners on a stove top.

Some families in the apartment building are part of the parish so he rushed to the location "as soon as I could get there", he said.

Residents of a Bronx apartment building where a deadly fire broke out are describing a chaotic scene.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says investigators believe a Bronx fire that killed 12 was caused by a child playing with a stove.

The management company for the building's owner, D&E Equities, said it was talking to city officials and was "shocked and saddened" by the deaths and injuries.

A spokesman for the city's Department of Housing Preservation & Development said the 26-unit building has a "relatively low history of fix violations".

Fernando Batiz said his sister, Maria Batiz, 58, and her baby granddaughter also died, though the child's mother survived. "They were burned, even little kids on the stretchers, burned", a resident of the building told ABC station WABC in New York City.

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Twum Bredu (BREH'-doo) says Mensah had recently graduated from Army National Guard boot camp. When the flames erupted, the boy's mother escaped the apartment with her two children, but forgot to close the door behind her. Stewart-Francis' husband, Holt Francis, was hospitalized, the family said.

At least 20 people scrambled out via fire escapes on a bitterly cold night, but others could not. One family is still looking for a missing son, according to WABC.

Mayor de Blasio told CNN on Friday, "This is a bad tragedy in the middle of the holidays". But the flames moved so fast, spreading through every floor of the building within minutes, that many never made it out of their apartments.

Except for the September 11 terror attacks, it was the city's deadliest fire since 87 people were killed at a social club fire in the Bronx in 1990.

The cause remained under investigation. Four of those civilians are in critical condition, according to the fire department.

One family lost four members: Karen Stewart-Francis; her daughters, 2-year-old Kiley Francis and 7-year-old Kelly Francis; and their cousin, 19-year-old Shawntay Young, relatives said.

Some tenants of the building climbed down fire escapes.



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