19 Dead, Others Injured During Five-Alarm Fire in the Bronx

Nineteen people are dead after one of the worst fires in New York City’s history. According to New York City’s Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, a malfunctioning electric space heater in a bedroom is to blame. Among the 19 dead, 9 children were killed with an additional 63 people were injured by ‘severe smoke inhalation’ during the fire which broke out at an apartment building yesterday in the Bronx. 32 people were sent to five hospitals in life-threatening condition. The five-alarm fire began shortly before 11 a.m. and first consumed the bedroom where it started then the entire duplex on the second and third floors of the 19 story building. Currently,  an investigation is underway on potential issues with the building’s fire alarms and with self-closing doors designed to contain fire and smoke.