Eight Children Among 'At Least 17 People' Dead In 5-Alarm NYC Fire

By Jason Hall

January 9, 2022

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UPDATE:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams revised the death toll in relation to a 5-alarm fire at a Bronx apartment complex on Sunday (January 9).

Adams confirmed eight children were among "at least 17 people" killed in the fire after it was initially reported that nine children were among 19 killed on Sunday, CNN reports.

“This is a global tragedy because the Bronx in NYC is representative of the ethnicities and cultures across the globe, and so everyone is feeling the pain of what we are experiencing," Adams said.

The mayor also confirmed dozens remain injured in the fire, which was caused by a malfunctioning electric space heater, according to FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro.

Officials also confirmed at least 63 individuals were dealing with "severe smoke inhalation" including 32 sent to five hospitals within the borough to be treated for the life-threatening illness.

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At least 19 people, including nine children, have died in connection to a 5-alarm New York City fire Sunday (January 9) morning, Mayor Eric Adams confirmed during a press conference updating the incident Sunday afternoon via NBC New York.

"This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed here in modern times in the City of New York," Adams said.

The New York City Fire Department identified "at least 63 initial victims" treated for various injuries and reported "at least 32 of those 63" faced life-threatening injuries, as well as nine considered to be "serious."

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At least 54 people were injured in a 5-alarm fire at a New York City apartment Sunday (January 9) morning.

The New York City Fire Department confirmed it responded to a 5-alarm fire in a duplex apartment the Tremont section of the Bronx and "31 serious injuries to civilians" were reported as of 12:25 a.m. ET in a post shared on its verified Twitter account.

ABC News reports more than 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which spread from the third floor of the high-rise building and many of the injuries were to victims who were located on the upper floors at the time of the incident.

Nineteen of the victims injured during the fire were released after receiving treatment at the scene, while others were transported to local hospitals, according to the FDNY.

The department shared several photos of the scene on its verified Twitter account, which showed first responders climbing ladders into the upper floors of the building.

FDNY confirmed the fire had since been put out as of Sunday afternoon.

Additional details, including the identities of the victims involved and specific conditions were not made available immediately at the time of publication Sunday afternoon.

The fire on Sunday was the second major fire reported in the Bronx over the weekend, following a 4-alarm incident in the Fordham Heights section Saturday (January 8), which resulted in a firefighter sustaining injuries and three families being displaced, WABC 7 Eyewitness News reported.

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