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“This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude. Our hearts go out to every family who lost a loved one here and everyone fighting for their lives” -FDNY Commissioner Nigro

BELMONT, the Bronx — The fatalities may exceed a dozen people from an apartment fire at 2363 Prospect Ave. in the Bronx. The building is a about a block from the well-known Bronx zoo.

“This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city. It will rank as one of the worst losses in a fire in many years. Based on the information now, I’m sorry to report twelve New Yorkers are dead, including one child. Four people are critically injured, fighting for their lives, and there are other serious injuries as well. Because of FDNY’s quick response, at least 12 people were rescued,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding tonight’s fatal 5-alarm fire in the Bronx.

FDNY Commissioner Nigro said, “In a Department that’s certainly no stranger to tragedy, we’re shocked at this loss. The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs. People died on various floors, they range in ages from 1 to over 50. This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude. Our hearts go out to every family who lost a loved one here and everyone fighting for their lives.” 

The American Red Cross is on scene handing out blankets to shivering survivors of the blaze in the windchill that makes it feel like the single digits.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to the scene and will reportedly give a press conference.

The FDNY says over 160 firefighters responded to the blaze that has escalated to 5 alarms.

Victims are being treated at the scene and transported to local hospitals.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.