Jamaicans Among 12 Killed in Bronx Apartment Fire

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.

Charred items sit on the fire escape of an apartment building where more than 10 people died in fire a day earlier in the Bronx borough of New York, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades was accidentally lit by a boy playing with the burners on his mother’s stove, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.

Firefighters respond to a building fire Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York. The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in the Bronx apartment building has seriously injured more than a dozen of people. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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.

This Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, photo shows broken windows on the back of the building where more than 10 people died Thursday in a fire in the Bronx borough of New York. New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades was accidentally lit by a 3 ½-year-old boy playing with the burners on his mother’s stove, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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.

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