New York fire: Nineteen dead, including 9 children – 'One of worst blazes of modern times'

NINETEEN people have died, including nine children, as a result of an apartment building fire in New York.

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The building was engulfed in flames in the US city today, on Sunday. Along with the 19 who died, a further 32 people were sent to hospital. Several of these people remain in a critical condition, according to Eric Adams, Mayor of New York.

Fire department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the death toll was the worst seen in New York for 30 years, the BBC reports.

Mr Adams added that it was one of the worst blazes of modern times.

He said: “The numbers are horrific. This is a horrific, painful moment for the city of New York.

“The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of pain and despair in our city.

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

“This is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times.”

The fire occurred in an apartment block in the Bronx borough of the city.

It is a 19-storey building known as Twin Parks.

Around 200 members of the Fire Department of New York worked at the scene.

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Mr Adams, 61, visited the scene of the “horrific” fire and spoke to reporters outside the charred building.

The mayor assured residents an investigation will be launched into the cause of the blaze and praised firefighters who bravely entered the building despite having no oxygen left in their tanks.

He called the tragedy a “horrific, painful moment” for the city.

New York City fire

New York City fire. (Image: Reuters)

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

The fire is reported to have started not long before 11am (4pm GMT) on the second and third floors.

Mr Nigro, quoted in the Guardian, said firefighters “found victims on every floor in stairwells and were taking them out in respiratory and cardiac arrest”.

He added: “That is unprecedented in our city.”

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New York fire. (Image: Getty)

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

Resident Cristal Diaz, 27, who lives on the 15th floor, told the New York Post she grabbed her cousins, aunt and dog when she realised there was a fire.

She said: “I was drinking coffee in the living room and I started smelling smoke. We started putting water on towels and the bottom of the door.

“Everything was crazy.

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

New York fire

New York fire. (Image: Getty)

“We didn’t know what to do. We looked out the windows and saw all the dead bodies they were taking with the blankets.”

Photos show the has received heavy damage due to the fire, with windows on multiple floors broken.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation, though is not currently believed to be suspicious.

Roy Walsh

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