New York building fire in 2022


January 26, 2022

On the morning of January 9, 2022, a fire destroyed an apartment building in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx, New York, United States. At least seventeen people die, including eight children, with another forty-four injured. This was the third-worst residential fire in the United States in four decades and the deadliest in New York City since the 1990 Happy Land nightclub fire, which occurred nearby and killed 87 people. The Bronx fire was the second-largest residential fire in the northeastern United States in a week, coming five days after a Philadelphia public housing fire resulted in 12 deaths.


Just before 11:00 am local time, a fire engulfed a duplex apartment on the third floor of the building. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said the door to the duplex apartment was left open, fueling the blaze and allowing heavy smoke to spread throughout the building. Firefighters and emergency services began responding within three minutes. Their main challenge was the unprecedented smoke that stretched the entire height of the building. About 200 firefighters responded to the fire. Weather conditions complicated the situation and FDNY officials said it took more than an hour to put out the fire. Rescuers found victims suffering from severe smoke inhalation on every floor of the building, some of them in cardiac or respiratory arrest.


External links

Fire destroyed an apartment building in Fordham neighborhood on YouTube

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