12 injured, 1 seriously, in major Bronx building fire


Firefighters work to contain a fire in the Bronx section of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

At least 16 people - including nine children - were injured when flames ripped through a four-story New York City building Tuesday, sending more than 200 firefighters racing to the scene to battle the blaze in the frigid morning.

The latest blaze came less than a week after another fire in the Bronx killed 12 people. The cause of the fire was not immediately revealed.

There are twelve apartments in the building.

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Five hours later, the fire crews were still fighting to control the blaze on the Bronx's Commonwealth Avenue.

Another resident escaped with her two children and their dog. The fire is believed to have started on a furniture store on the first floor.

Last Thursday, another fire at an apartment block close to the Bronx Zoo was started by a three-year-old boy who was playing with stove burners. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it the worst fire tragedy the city has seen in a quarter century.

"Based on the info now, I'm sorry to report 12 New Yorkers are dead, including one child".