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19 dead, dozens injured in New York City apartment fire: official

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Four days after a fire broke out in Philadelphia, 12 people were killed (Representational)

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Mayor Eric Adams said on Sunday that at least 19 people were killed and dozens injured after a fire broke out in a tall building in the New York borough of the Bronx.

American media reported that many children were also among the dead.

“We know we have 19 confirmed deaths, plus many others are in critical condition,” Adams, who has been mayor for barely more than a week, told CNN, adding 63 people were injured. Were.

“This is going to be one of the deadliest fires in our history,” he said.

The injured were taken to five hospitals; The New York Times reported that several people were suffering from cardiac and respiratory arrest.

A fire broke out just four days after a fire in Philadelphia that killed 12 people, including eight children, in a three-story public housing building, one of the deadliest recent fires in the United States.

The toll was expected to rise in New York.

“The last time we had a loss of life, it was a massive fire that happened 30 years ago here in the Bronx as well,” Fire Marshal Dan Nigro was quoted by NBC News.

At least 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which erupted mid-morning on the second and third floors of a 19-story building on East 181 Street, several blocks west of the Bronx Zoo.

The flames quickly engulfed the entire structure, and Negro said the smoke was so thick it was “unprecedented”.

Images and videos posted on social media showed flames and thick black smoke billowing out of the third floor window of the brick building as firefighters worked on a nearby staircase.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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