At least 16 injured as fire devours building in Bronx

Hannah Rogers
January 3, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: A woman and her child pause outside of their burning building as firefighters battle a 7-alarm fire on January 2, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Four of the 22 people injured were brought to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, the spokesman said. "They will all be OK, thankfully", he said.

The building includes three floors of flats over retail spaces. At least 200 firefighters responded to the blaze.

The fire is believed to have started in the Beverly Hills Furniture store on the street level of the four-floor building.

"Numerous people were brought out of the building by the firefighters on scene", said New York City fire chief Daniel Nigro. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest.

"Thank you to the @FDNY and our first responders for fighting this fire throughout the night".

The latest blaze came less than a week after another fire in the Bronx killed 12 people.

The mayor said a child playing with a stove apparently touched off last week's blaze. It was not clear when it would be habitable again.

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