Bronx fire: Footage shows the ravaged inside of a NYC apartment building after deadly blaze

The course of 2363 Prospect Ave in the Bronx.


New York City firefighters have released surprising pictures of the inside of a house is destroyed by a deadly fire last week, killed a dozen people.

Icicles and dripping water from the melting snow now fill the charred corridors of 2363 Prospect Ave in the Bronx, where a young child playing with a stove ignited the fire on Thursday.

The Video footage of the burn-out hall and staircase of 2363 Prospect Ave in the Bronx, where a 5th alarm fire killed 12 people. #FDNY Fire Marshals determined the cause of the fire to a small child playing with the burner on a stove

— FDNY (@FDNY) December 29, 2017

In the images, firefighters holding flashlights shine them around to reveal the rubble and waste on the black-out hallways of the building.

Daniel Nigro, FDNY commissioner, told reporters Friday that a 3 1/2 year old child was tinkering with a stove on the first floor when the fire broke out around 7 hours

The child’s mother left the apartment with her two children, and leaves the door open, allowing the fire to spread quickly, he said.

Nigro said the incident was the worst loss of life caused by the fires in the city, with the exception of the September 11 terrorist attacks, since 87 people were killed at a social club fire in the Bronx in 1990.

Icicles and water from the melting snow cover of a stairwell in the building.


Police on Saturday released the identities of seven victims, including a 7-month-old baby girl who is among the dozens of people who lost their lives.

One of them, a 28-year-old Emmanuel Mensah, died of smoke inhalation after rescuing a number of people, the Associated Press reported. Mensah had recently graduated from Army National Guard boot camp.

The baby, whose identity police released on Saturday was Amora Batiz.

The others of which the names of the police released Saturday were: Gabriel Yaw Sarkookie, 48; Justice Opoku, 54; Solomon Donkor, 49; William Donkor, age unknown; and Hannah Donkor, 17.

The 26-unit apartment building was necessary to have self-closing doors, which swing shut on their own to keep the fire from spreading, a city Housing Preservation and Development Department spokesman Matthew Creegan said. Researchers look at whether the door to the apartment was faulty, or if there is a object, could not close, ” he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is ” nothing problematic about the building who have contributed to this tragedy.”

On Thursday night, a minimum of 20 people scrambled out through the fire escapes on a bitterly cold night. The others can’t.

Nigro said firefighters rescued some people, but “this loss is unprecedented.”

A family lost four members: Karen Stewart-Francis, her daughters, 2-year-old Kiley, Francis and 7-year-old Kelly Francis; and their cousin, 19-year-old Shawntay Young, family said. Stewart-Francis’ man, Holt, Francis, was admitted to the hospital, the family said.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce, Nicole, Darrah, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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