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23 hurt, including firefighter, in New York City blaze

03 January, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • FDNY firefighters battle a blaze at a building in the Bronx borough of New York Tuesday Jan. 2 2018. AP

The flames broke out after 5 a.m.in area of East Tremont and Commonwealth Aves.in building that houses a furniture store on the first floor and apartments in the upper floors.

Flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the building.

"They've all been transported, and they will all be ok, thankfully", he said.

One resident told NBC news that he fled the building, barefoot and bare-chested, along his three children into freezing temperatures that dipped as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius (minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit). "Now 16 non life-threatening injuries have been reported", read a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the department.

That same morning, a second fire burned, also at a multistory apartment building on Knox Place in the Norwood section of the Bronx.

FDNY firefighters battle a blaze at a building in the Bronx borough of New York Tuesday Jan. 2 2018
FDNY firefighters battle a blaze at a building in the Bronx borough of New York Tuesday Jan. 2 2018

FDNY said 200 firefighters fought the blaze and cold weather made it hard.

Officials say over 200 firefighters have responded to the blaze at a four-storey building near the Bronx Zoo in Van Nest.

"Praying for a swift recovery for all those injured", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

All of the residents of the building were believed to have been evacuated.

"We have 16 people; seven adults and nine children, all with non life-threatening injuries", said New York City fire chief Daniel Nigro.

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