On Thursday evening, December 28th, an apartment building fire in the Bronx tragically claimed the life of 12 people in New York City. Several others were injured, some suffering critical injuries.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the fire as “the worst fire in New York City in more than 25 years.” Originally, it was unclear what caused the deadly fire.
Among the victims were multiple small children, including a 1-year-old child who was found in her mother’s arms, reported USA Today. Other victims ranged from ages 2-63.
On Friday morning, the Mayor’s office released the cause of the fire. According to a Tweet by NBC News, authorities stated that the fire appeared to be started by a “small child playing with a stove” in an apartment on the first floor. The family exited out of their apartment, but left the door open, which caused the fire to spread up the stairs and around the building.
This comes as an important reminder to close the doors during a fire to help prevent it from spreading quickly. This story also brings attention to the dangers of leaving children unattended, especially around risky appliances, like the stove.
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No other details about the start of the fire have been released at this time. This story is developing and will be updated if more information is released.
If you’re interested in reading more about the fire, check out our original story here.
Please continue to pray for the victims and their families. May God bring them healing, peace, and comfort during this difficult time.
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