There are at least 200 firefighters at the site of a wildfire in the Bronx.
More than 60 people have been injured in a wildfire in New York City, officials said, with many likely to result in deaths.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the site of the pentagon blaze that broke out Sunday morning in a duplex apartment on the third floor of a high-rise located in the Tremont section of the Bronx, officials said. Of the dozens, 32 were seriously injured, according to the New York Department of National Defense.
Many of the injured victims were on the upper floors, said New York City Fire Department commissioner Daniel Negro, during a news conference Sunday afternoon, adding that they likely suffered from inhalation of heavy smoke, adding that “several deaths” are expected.
Negro said firefighters arrived at the site within three minutes of the initial 911 call and encountered the fires in the driveways. Negro added that a door left open allowed fire and smoke to spread, describing the fire as “unprecedented”.
“This is going to be one of the worst fires we’ve seen here in the modern era in New York City,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams told reporters Sunday.
Of the 63 injured, Negro said, 32 were seriously injured, and nine were in serious condition.
Dramatic photos posted on social media show a fire pouring out of several windows in the building. The FDNY started getting calls from several residents on the upper floors before 11 a.m.
Since then the fire has been put out.
No further details were immediately available, including the circumstances of the victims.
This was the second major fire to occur in the Bronx over the weekend. ABC New York WABC reported that a four-alarm fire in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx started early Saturday morning, injuring a firefighter and leaving three families homeless. Officials said the lithium-ion battery set the fire.
Last week, a fire on the second floor of a Philadelphia home killed 13 people, including seven children.
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