Bronx Fire: Child Playing with Stove Causes the Tragedy that Killed 12

Bronx Fire: Child Playing with Stove Causes the Tragedy that Killed 12
Credits: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

A child playing with a stove burner accidentally caused the fire in an apartment building in the Bronx, New York City.

On Friday, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro confirmed that a three-year old boy triggered the Bronx fire. It is the deadliest fire in the city in nearly three decades.

In a statement, Nigro said the mother immediately left the apartment with the boy and his younger sibling after the fire erupted. She left the apartment door open, a terrible mistake.  Their apartment was on the first floor of the building.

Unprecedented loss of lives in the Bronx

Nigro said, “The fire quickly spread up the stairs. The stairway acted like a chimney. It took the fire so quickly upstairs that people had very little time to react. They couldn’t get back down the stairs. Of those that tried, a few of them perished. Others were helped out onto the fire escapes, taken down by our members.”

Additionally, Nigro said the fire took the lives of 12 people. Four other individuals are in critical condition at local hospitals. He said, “This loss is unprecedented. If unfortunately you do have a fire in your apartment, you must close the door when you exit.”

According to the FDNY, the victims included children (aged 8 months, 1, 2 and 7) and an unidentified boy. The other victims were three women (aged 19, 37, and 63), an unidentified woman and four unidentified men.