(CNN) – Major fire in an apartment building in the Bronx City New York Mayor Eric Adams told CNN that Sunday had left 19 people dead, including nine children.
New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday that the fire has sent 32 people to hospitals in life-threatening conditions. Adams said a total of 63 people were infected.
“This is a horrific, horrific and painful time for New York City, and the impact of this fire will truly bring a level of pain and despair to our city,” Adams said.
About 200 members of the New York City Fire Department were at the scene of the fire in a 19-story apartment building at 333 East 181st Street. The New York Department of National Defense said the fire started just before 11 a.m. in a duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the building and was “demolished.”
Negro said the fire started in a duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the building. He said the apartment door was left open and smoke spread all over the building.
Firefighters encountered “very thick smoke and very heavy fire” in the corridors.
Victims were found on the stairs leading to every floor of the building, many in cardiac arrest, in what Negro said could be an unprecedented loss of life. He pointed out that most of the injuries were caused by smoke inhalation.
FDNY released multiple photos of the scene at 333 East 181st Street showing stairs extending to apartment windows, as well as several broken windows.
Nearly 200 FDNY members work at the scene of the five-alarm fire at 333 East 181 Street in the Bronx. There are currently 31 serious civilian casualties. pic.twitter.com/yrTYwOfonH
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