Horrific fire in a Bronx, NY, apartment building has killed at least 19 people, including 9 children.

Officials are calling the incident one of the city’s worst fires in recent history.
“This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment ... The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city.”

— NYC Mayor Eric Adams speaks outside of Bronx apartment building, where fire killed at least 19 people, including 9 children.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says officials will investigate how the Bronx apartment building fire started:

"32 people were transported to hospitals in life-threatening condition. That is unprecedented in our city ..."
"Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the fire 'started in a malfunctioning electric space heater' in an apartment unit spanning the second and third floors ... The door of the apartment was left open, allowing smoke to quickly spread ..."

NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) says officials are investigating open apartment door that contributed to severity of deadly Bronx apartment building fire:

“The ability to have the smoke spread is due to the door being open. We do have a law … that it should close automatically.”

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