With some hours left to the New Year, a fire incident has claimed the life of 12 people including a child with four others “critically injured” at an apartment in Bronx, New York on Thursday night.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “This will rank as one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years.”
“This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter-century,” he said.
“I am sorry to report 12 New Yorkers are dead, including one child as young as one year old,” de Blasio told reporters after firefighters extinguished the blaze.
“There are four people critically injured who are fighting for their lives, other serious injuries as well,” he added.
Officials reported that the fire was said to have begun around 7 p.m. on the first floor and spread to the third floor of the building. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The firefighters have rescued a12 people as the search continues.