Death – At least 19 people killed

Death – Obituary

A fire broke out at an apartment building in the Bronx on Jan. 9, 2022. (Credit: Citizen App)

FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A fire at a Bronx high-rise apartment building left at least 19 people dead, including nine children, a source told PIX11 News on Sunday.

Firefighters were called to the building on East 181st Street in Fordham Heights just before 11 a.m. for a fire on the third floor of the 19-story high-rise.

More than 40 additional people were injured in the fire, some of whom were considered to have life-threatening injuries, according to Mayor Eric Adams and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Nigro said many of the people who were injured suffered from smoke inhalation.

Video from the scene Sunday morning showed flames shooting out of a window. Several people climbed down a ladder with firefighters as smoke and flames billowed out of the window, another video showed.

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People climb down a ladder near a window engulfed in flames at a Bronx apartment building on Jan. 9, 2022. (Credit: Citizen App)

Nigro said the cause of the fire remained under investigation, but officials determined that the door to the apartment where the flames broke out was left open.

“The door to that apartment was left open, causing the fire to spread and the smoke to spread,” he said. “This fire took its toll on our city.”

Adams described the aftermath of the fire as one of the worst in the city’s history.

“This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the City of New York,” he said.

The preliminary death toll on Sunday eclipsed a 2017 fire in the Bronx that was considered to be the deadliest in more than 25 years. Thirteen people were killed in the fire on Prospect Avenue back on Dec. 28, 2017.

The mayor and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, who was also at the scene, were working to bring resources into the area to help displaced residents and family members of the victims. The Red Cross of Greater New York was expected to be deployed.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was horrified by the fire.

“My heart is with the loved ones of all those we’ve tragically lost, all of those impacted and with our heroic @FDNY firefighters,” she tweeted. “The entire State of New York stands with New York City.”

About 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which rose to five alarms before it was brought under control Sunday afternoon.

The NYPD tweeted an advisory for motorists to avoid the area near East 181 Street and Valentine Avenue due to emergency vehicles and traffic.

Department of Buildings workers conducted structural stability inspections after the fire was put out.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.