Mayor says dozens injured in ‘terrifying’ fire in New York City


(CBS News)

At least 32 people were transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries in a fire at a high-rise in the Bronx on Sunday, the FDNY and New York City Mayor Eric Adam speak.

A total of 63 people were injured, Adams said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. It is unclear how the fire started. Daniel Nigro, the city’s fire commissioner, said officials expected “many deaths.”

“This is a traumatic moment for New York City, and the impact of this fire will truly bring a level of pain and despair to our city,” Adams said. “The numbers are horrible.”

More than 200 New York City firefighters responded to a five-alarm blaze at a residential building in the Bronx on Sunday, the FDNY said.

The ministry said dispatchers received a fire alarm just before 11 a.m. on the third floor of the 19-story building, and they also received a fire call from residents on the upper floors. Nigro said the fire started in a penthouse between the second and third floors, and it spread to the floors. He said the FDNY found victims on every floor of the stairs.

Nigro said fires like this are “unprecedented” in New York City.

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