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The Latest: self-closing doors are required in fire building

NEW YORK – The latest on New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades (all times are local):

5:40 pm

A New York City spokesperson says a building in which a fire flew through an open door and a staircase, killing a dozen people, was required to have self closing doors.

Ministry of Housing Preservation and Development spokesman Matthew Creegan, said the researchers look at whether the door is faulty or an obstruction prevented the conclusion of Thursday night in the Bronx fire.

A fire commissioner Friday said a mother and her two young children fled to the first floor, the apartment after a 3-year-old boy ignited the fire by turning on a stove.

Creegan says the city takes seriously the problem of self-closing doors, be required in all dwellings with more than three units. He says that the city cited the landlord about 7,752 times in the last year for violations of the self-closing door requirement.

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4:40 pm

The company that owns the New York city apartment building where a dozen people died in a fire says that it is “shocked and saddened” by the tragedy.

D&E Shares, said a spokesman of the Ronn Torossian that communication with the municipality about the Thursday fire in the Bronx. D&E Shares in the possession of the five-storey building, since 1984.

Torossian also said that the company’s prayers and thoughts are with the families.

City officials say that the fire swept through the building, after a 3-year-old boy in an apartment on the first floor turned on a burner of the stove.

A spokesman for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation And Development, said the 26-unit building has a relatively low history of repair of violations.”

It was the city’s deadly fire in decades, with the exception of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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2:30 pm

A woman, her two daughters and a niece are among the dozens of victims of a fire that raced through a century-old New York City apartment building.

Officials have not released the identity of the victims of the Thursday night blaze, but Ambrozia Stewart told several news outlets that she is her youngest daughter and three granddaughters. Stewart moved to the United States from Jamaica in the 1980s.

A fire official said the fire started when a 3-year-old boy, played with burners on a stove. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro (NY’-groh) said that the fire flew in through an open apartment, and the building of five floors, the stairs, behind the residents as they fled.

Thirteen members of the family lived in the building.

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1:25 pm

A family is still waiting to find out what became of a relative who was staying in a New York City apartment building where a fast-moving fire killed 12 people.

Twum Bredu (BREH’-doo) said Friday that he has not yet received the news of his 28-year-old brother, Emmanuel Mensah. Mensah was staying with a family, who escaped safely from Thursday night’s fire in a five-story Bronx building.

But no one could find Mensah. His family checked four hospitals.

Bredu says the family is still looking and hope that word of him. He says: “That is my prayer.”

Commissioner Daniel Nigro (NY’-groh) says that the fire accidentally ignited by a 3 ½ – year-old boy playing with the burners on his mother’s stove.

It was the city’s deadly fire in decades, with the exception of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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10:50 pm

New York City fire commissioner says a stairwell acted as a chimney and quickly spread a deadly fire which was started by a child playing with a stove.

Commissioner Daniel Nigro (NY’-groh) said Friday that the 3 ½ – year-old boy had a history of playing with the stove burners.

Twelve people, including four children, were killed in Bronx apartment building fire on Thursday evening. Four people are still fighting for their lives. He says that everyone has included.

Nigro stressed the importance of closing doors to help contain fires.

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10:10 pm

New York city mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) says the researchers think that the Bronx fire that killed 12 was caused by a child playing with a stove.

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

The New York Police Department says that they who are dead girls in the age of 1, 2 and 7, and a boy. His age is not given.

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

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

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8 hours

Police say four children are among the 12 people killed in New York City is the most residential fire in decades.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) said Friday on CNN that other people still fighting for their lives. The Democrat says the first responders saved at least 12 lives.

The New York Police Department says that those who died in the Bronx fire Thursday night are girls in the age of 1, 2 and 7, and a boy. His age is not given.

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

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

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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2:35 pm

Officials say that New York City has the most residential fire in decades spread through each floor of a Bronx apartment building in a matter of minutes, killing 12 people and sending other residents climb down fire escapes to safety.

The fire broke out on Thursday evening on the first floor of a building of five floors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) says that the dead are a child about a year old, while four people are fighting for their lives.

A number of tenants of the building, climbed the fire escapes. But the fire so fast that many never come out of their apartments.

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

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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