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Child Playing With Stove Apparently Sparked Fire, Killing 12

New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire including a child around a year old. New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire including a child around a year old. |  Photo: ABC

December 29, 2017 10:11 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says investigators believe a Bronx fire that killed 12 was caused by a child playing with a stove.

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New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the 3 ½-year-old boy had a history of playing with stove burners. Nigro says a stairwell acted like a chimney and quickly spread the deadly fire.

The New York Police Department says those who died include girls ages 1, 2 and 7, and a boy. His age was not given.

Some residents made it down fire escapes. But the flames moved so fast that many never made it out of their apartments.

Witnesses describe seeing burned bodies being carried away on stretchers and young girls who had escaped standing barefoot outside with no coats.

De Blasio said Friday on WNYC that four people are still fighting for their lives following the fire Thursday night in the Bronx.


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