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United States: at least 19 dead in fire in New York

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“This is going to be one of the worst fires in our history. We know we have 19 people dead along with several others in critical condition and over 63 people injured,” Eric Adams, the newcomer, told live television. mayor of New York. A backup heater would have caused the fire, according to the firefighters.

At least 19 people died Sunday and about 60 were injured in a building fire in the Bronx district of New York, the new mayor of the city, Eric Adams, announced on the spot. “This is going to be one of the worst fires in our history. We know we have 19 people dead along with several others in critical condition and over 63 people injured,” Eric Adams said live on television. The new mayor of New York, a former African-American police officer who took office on January 1, spoke of a “real tragedy not just for the Bronx and the city”.

In footage circulating on social media, huge flames and thick black smoke billowed in the morning from a window of a multi-story building in the Bronx, a huge neighborhood in upstate New York. The firefighters had initially announced an assessment of about thirty injured.

A backup heater at the origin of the fire

The fire was caused by a backup heater, said the city’s fire chief. Investigators “determined on the basis of material evidence and the first testimonies of residents that the fire started from a bedroom and an auxiliary heater,” said Daniel Nigro, during a report. press release at the foot of this HLM-type building in this huge working-class area of ​​the Bronx.

Dilapidated and poorly maintained buildings

Last Wednesday, a terrible fire in an apartment building in Philadelphia killed 12 people, including eight children. New York, a megalopolis of nine million inhabitants, is suffering in various neighborhoods from a huge housing crisis, with buildings that are sometimes dilapidated and poorly maintained.

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