Deadly Bronx, New York Fire Kills 12

New York firefighters at the Bronx apartment fire scene

It was the deadliest fire in New York City in more than 25 years.

At least six people have died in a massive fire at a five-story apartment building near the Bronx Zoo in New York City.

Nigro called the fire "historic in its magnitude", because of the number of lives lost.

The New York Police Department's office of public information said the dead included girls aged one, two and seven, and an unidentified male child.

By the time the boy's mother was alerted to the fire, officials say the flames had spread too far.

Numerous 25 families who lived in the Bronx apartment building were immigrants, "hard-working people going about their lives", said Jonathan Morris, the priest at the nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, who said he spent Thursday night with the families at St. Barnabas Hospital as they were called upon to identify the dead.

The fire commissioner said he's unsure whether all the smoke detectors were working in the building.

Williams's other sister, Shevan Williams managed to survive the blaze after escaping in time from her first floor apartment.

"That's what I think, because it was in his nature", Kwabena said.

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The fire, which started on the bottom floor, quickly spread to all five levels of the building.

Esther Sakyi, 50, said she was alone in her bedroom when she felt the room getting hot. "Based on the research we have at this moment, it does not appear there was anything problematic about the building or the fire safety in the building".

City officials said one of the children, a 1-year-old infant, was found in the bathtub with her mother.

"I never heard from her again", Christine Batiz wrote Friday. Over 160 firefighters responded to the incident. "I'm still in shock", he said. "I couldn't carry the rest of them", Reyes told the Times.

Sakyi ran back through her apartment to the fire escape, still naked in the frigid night air.

Rajkumar Ramdhani, who lived with his wife on the second floor of the building, said two grandchildren were visiting from Virginia when the fire broke out.

"Disasters are traumatic even when there's not a loss of life". Another 10 people were killed at a Bronx fire in 2007, nine of them children.

The NYPD, FDNY, city Office of Emergency Managment, Bronx Borough President's Office and Mayor's Office are conducting a cloathing and coat drive for those affected by the fire at Church of Saint Martin of Tours on Crotona Avenue from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. "When people are trying to be with their families and have a moment of peace finally and having something like this happen to people in the Bronx is just terrible", the myor told CNN Friday. He was staying with a family that escaped the fire safely, but no one could find Mensah, despite checking four hospitals.

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