Firefighters in front of a building in the Bronx district of New York where at least 19 people have died and about 60 injured in a fire, January 9, 2022 Ed JONES
At least 19 people died Sunday and around 60 were injured in a building fire in the Bronx district of New York, the new mayor of the city, Eric Adams, announced on the spot.
“This is going to be one of the worst fires in our history. We know we have 19 people dead along with several others in critical condition and over 63 people injured,” Adams said live on television.
The new mayor of New York, a former African-American police officer who took office on January 1, spoke of a “real tragedy not just for the Bronx and the city”.
In footage circulating on social media, huge flames and thick black smoke billowed in the morning from a window of a multi-story building in the Bronx, a huge neighborhood in upstate New York.
The firefighters had initially announced an assessment of about thirty injured.
Last Wednesday, a terrible fire in an apartment building in Philadelphia killed 12 people, including eight children.
New York, a megalopolis of nine million inhabitants, is suffering in various neighborhoods from a huge housing crisis, with buildings that are sometimes dilapidated and poorly maintained.