Printed on Mon Sep 26 2022 8:46:40 AM

19 killed in apartment block blaze in New York

International desk
New York
Nineteen people, nine of them children, have been killed in an apartment fire in New York City.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said 19 people had died from the blaze that broke out around 11 am Sunday local time in a 19-floor apartment building in the Bronx borough.

Officials had earlier said that 32 people had been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and some 60 people were injured in total.

"Right now we have 19 people confirmed dead and we have several more that are in critical condition," Mr. Adams said in an interview.

Nine of the 19 killed were children.

Some 200 firefighters helped put out the blaze.

A malfunctioning heater is believed to have caused the blaze, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

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