Preliminary reports are that several Jamaicans are among 12 people killed by a fire at an Apartment Complex in New York last night.
It’s believed that at least 5 Jamaicans are among the deceased.
New York City investigators believe the Bronx fire was caused by a child playing with a stove.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says an unattended three-year-old boy accidentally started the fire. He says as the child’s mother fled with two children, she left the door open, allowing the fire to enter the hallway.
It’s being described in the international media as the city’s deadliest blaze in at least a quarter of a century.
According to the New York City Fire Department, the fire broke out a little before 7 last evening on the first floor of a brick building and quickly spread upstairs, killing people on multiple floors.
New York’s Mayor Bill De Blasio is being quoted in the international press as confirming that a total of 12 people have been killed.
Mayor de Blasio says some people are still fighting for their lives. He has described the incident as a horrible tragedy.
Reports emerging out of New York are that children ages 1, 2 and 7 died. An unidentified boy also died. They were among another four men and four women.
Authorities say firefighters rescued 12 people from the building and four people were in the hospital in critical condition. More than 160 firefighters responded to the blaze.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Ministry is making checks to confirm details surrounding the tragedy.
Portfolio Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith spoke with Nationwide News.