At least 12 dead in New York City apartment fire

At least six people were killed Thursday night at a large apartment fire in New York City in the Bronx municipality, the officials said.

(Fire department of New York)

At least 12 people were killed and others were reported injured after a massive fire broke out in an apartment in New York City building, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Thursday evening.

“Tonight here in the Bronx, families are torn apart,” de Blasio told reporters. The mayor called the event the “worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city.”

More than 160 #FDNY members are active on the scene of a 4 alarm fire, 2363 Prospect Ave #Bronx

— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017

More than 160 firefighters were on the scene of the four-alarm fire, located at a five-story walk-up apartment house in the Bronx.

Firefighters respond to a building fire on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Officials said that one of the baby died in the fire, and four people are seriously injured. The victims range from 1 to 50 years old.

The fire, which is now under control, broke just before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. The temperatures are in the teens in New York, with the wind making it feel like single digits.

The cabinet of the mayor confirms 6 dead, more than a dozen seriously injured in 4-alarm fire at 2363 Prospect Ave. in the Bronx. More than 160 firefighters on-scene. Neighbors and the Red Cross here, donate blankets, jackets, sneakers, etc. the victims on one of the coldest nights this year.

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) December 29, 2017

The building had no elevator, The Associated Press reported, citing city records. Fire escapes are visible on the facade of the building.

The fire began on the first floor of the building before it spread through the building, the officials said. The fire department responded to emergency calls within three minutes.

Officials added it is still too early to determine what led to the fire.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, confirmed six people had died, but the death toll is still unclear. De Blasio is “, commented now on the school on the other side of the street” by the officials, Phillips tweeted.

A witness, Xanral Collins, told the New York Post he saw a father running in the direction of the building, but was not able to enter.

“I saw him and screamed,” My baby is dead! My baby is dead!'” Collins said.

De Blasio, on Thursday at the press conference, it is recommended to “Keep your family close and keep these families here in the Bronx in your prayers.”

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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