Another NYC apartment building ravaged by 7-alarm blaze

By Sara Shayanian  |  Jan. 2, 2018 at 12:46 PM
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Jan. 2 (UPI) -- At least 22 people -- including nine children -- were injured Tuesday in a seven-alarm fire in New York City, officials said.

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in a four-story apartment building in the Bronx, which has a furniture store on the ground floor.

The New York Fire Department said nearly two dozen people were injured, including a firefighter. None of the injuries are life-threatening, officials said.

"Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy fire," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

When asked about the injured, Nigro said "They will all be OK, thankfully."

FDNY said 200 firefighters fought the blaze and cold weather made it difficult.

The Red Cross is helping displaced residents.

"I opened the door and nothing but black smoke," resident Allison Douglas said. "I told everybody in the building, 'Run, run, run. Get out! It's a fire.'"

Resident Erica Ortiz said a window guard prevented her from fleeing down the fire escape.

"Couldn't kick it off, anything. It was bolted in," Ortiz said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted he was "praying for a swift recovery" for those injured.

Tuesday's blaze happened just days after a fire in a Bronx apartment complex killed 12 people.

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