12 dead, including child, in New York apartment fire

Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in the Bronx apartment building has seriously injured more than a dozen of people. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in the Bronx apartment building has seriously injured more than a dozen of people. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) – At least 12 people are dead in a Bronx apartment building fire on Thursday night.

Among the dead is a child around 1 years old.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing late Thursday that additional residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries.

FDNY photos show ladders stretched to the roof of the five-story building. Some 170 firefighters are on the scene.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, “historic in its magnitude,” because of the number of lives lost.

City Department of Buildings records show the building is a walk-up apartment house.

City officials are advising people in the area to close their windows to keep out the smoke.

The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. at a five-story building a block from the Bronx Zoo.

“The smoke was crazy, people screaming, ’Get out!,” a witness, Jamal Flicker, told the New York Post. “I heard a woman yelling, ’We’re trapped, help!”

Temperatures are in the teens in New York, with winds making it feel like single digits.

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