Rogo in edificio del Bronx a New York, almeno 12 morti, anche un bimbo

Identificati i primi corpi, mentre il sindaco Bill de Blasio parla del peggior incendio degli ultimi 25 anni. Sarebbe stato scatenato da un bambino di 3 anni che giocava con un fornelletto.

  • 12 morti e 15 feriti nell’inendio;
  • L’incendio è stato causato dalla disattenzione di un bambino residente al primo piano nell’utilizzo di un fornelletto a gas; 
  • 3 vittime individuate di 2, 7 e 26 anni;
  • 4 vittime sono bambini, incluso un bambino di 1 anno deceduto fra le braccia della madre; 
  • Il sindaco Bill De Blasio ha dichiarato che i 15 feriti sono gravi e lottano tra la vita e la morte; 
  • Secondo i registri dell’ufficio tecnico della città, l’edificio era stato segnalato per diverse violazioni, tra cui il malfunzionamento dei rilevato d’incendio e monossido di carbonio nell’appartamento al primo piano.

Un bambino di 3 anni giocando con il fornelletto a gas, all’interno dell’appartamento al primo piano ha causato l’incendio mortale che nel Bronx ha ucciso 12 persone e ferito in maniera grave 15 occupanti.

Il Comandante dei Vigili del Fuoco di New York Daniel Nigro durante la conferenza stampa ha dichiarato che la madre del bambino non era presente nella stanza quando il piccolo ha innescato l’incendio e che se n’è accorta solo al grido del figlio lievemente bruciato.

Rapidamente ha preso in braccio il figlio di tre anni e il fratello di due ed è corsa all’esterno dell’appartamento. Nigro ha dichiarato che lasciando la porta aperta dietro di se, la donna inconsapevolmente ha permesso all’incendio di raggiungere le scale e generare il cosiddetto effetto camino, portando fumi e calore fino al quinto piano dell’edificio.

Dei 12 deceduto, 7 sono donne e 5 sono uomini. 5 vittime sono bambini.

“Questa tragedia è, senza dubbio, di portata storica”, dichiara Nigro. “I nostri cuori sono vicini a ogni famiglia che ha perso i propri cari e a tutti i nostri concittadini che lottano per la vita”.

Ufficialmente non sono stati rilasciati i nomi delle vittime, ma Elain Williams ha identificato 4 dei suoi parenti deceduti nell’incendio.

Elain parlando al New York Post ha dichiarato che le sue due nipoti Kylie Francis, di 2 anni, e Kelesha Francis, di 7 anni, sono morte, insieme alla loro madre, Karen Francis di 37 anni, sorella di Elain.

A three-year-old boy playing with the gas burner on the stove inside of a first-floor apartment started the deadly Bronx building fire that killed 12 people left more than 15 injured Thursday night. A relative at the scene identified two-year-old Kylie Francis (above) as a victim of the fireHer sister, Kelesha Francis (above), aged seven, also died in the blaze
The girls' mother, 37-year-old Karen Francis (above) also died in the historic blaze on Thursday nightShawntay Young (above), aged 19, has also been identified as a victim in the fire
La madre Karen Francis (sinistra) e Shawntay Young (destra), 19 anni, identificate come vittime dell’incendio.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference on Friday morning that the young boy had a history of playing with the burners and turning them. Nigro said the boy's mother was not in the same room as him when the fire started but was alerted to it by his screams
She quickly grabbed him and a two-year-old child before running out of the first-floor apartment
Nigro (above on Friday) said that she left the door open, which caused the fire to quickly spread up the open stairs like a chimney to the fifth floor in the building
Of the 12 who perished, Nigro said seven women and five men are among the dead from the horrific blaze. He also said that in those numbers, five of the victims are children
The five-alarm fire broke out a little before 7pm on the first floor of a brick building at East 185th Street and Prospect Avenue. Above people react near the scene of the blaze

Elain Williams vive in un appartamento al piano terra al 2363 di Prospect Avenue. Stava tornando a casa quando una chiamata la informava che l’edificio era in fiamme. E’ corsa sul luogo.

‘Stavo chiamando mia figlia per sapere dove fosse – era di sopra da sua zia. Anche lei è stata raggiunta dal fuoco”.

Quando ha raggiunto il Jacobi Medical Center, ha scoperto che 4 membri della sua famiglia erano morti.

“Mi sono sentita persa…” racconta. ‘Quattro vittime in una sola famiglia? Non lo augurerei al mio peggior nemico.’

Gli investigatori sospettano che una conduttura di gas naturale potrebbe aver aiutato l’incendio a svilupparsi in maniera così rapida. Il Comandante Nigro non perde occasione per sottolineare l’importanza di chiudere le porte quando si fugge per contenere l’incendio.

 Officials say the youngest victim in the fire that destroyed the apartment building near the Bronx Zoo is a one-year-old girl who died in a bathtub being held by her mother, who also perished in the blaze
Nigro said that everyone has been accounted for and stressed the importance of closing doors to help contain fires
According to the New York City Housing Preservation and Development, there building owned by owned by D&A Equities had at least six open building code violations. Pictured above officials inspect the burned out building

Due verbali redatti dal personale ispettivo nell’agosto 2017 riportano che all’interno dell’edificio erano presenti rilevatori di fumo e monossido non funzionanti al primo piano. Non è chiaro se in seguito a questo verbale i rilevatori fossero stati meno sostituiti.

Sul posto sono intervenuti 170 vigili del fuoco, combattendo contro il fuoco e contro il ghiaccio invernale.

Il sindaco ha dichiarato che almeno 12 persone sono state salvate dai pompieri appena giunti sul posto.

About 170 firefighters worked in bone-chilling cold, just 15 degrees, to rescue people from the building. Water sprayed from hoses froze into ice on the street

Emergency workers wheel away a body from the site of an apartment fire where at least a dozen people died

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed during a press conference that four of the 15 injured are in critical condition and fighting for their lives at a local hospital
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Saved: Some of the dozens of people evacuated during the fire shelter from the freezing cold under Red Cross blankets

Police also say an unidentified boy died in the blaze along with two other women aged 19 and 63 

FDNY photos show ladders stretched to the roof of the five-story building that's near the Bronx Zoo 

'This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter of a century,' de Blasio said, adding that the fire will rank as one of the 'worst losses of life to a fire' in many years for the city

City Department of Buildings records show the building is a walk-up apartment house

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said that crews (pictured) received the fire alarm at 6.51pm and the department responded within three minutes

'In a department that is certainly no stranger to tragedy, we are shocked by this loss,' Nigro said. Nigro confirmed that the fire started on the first floor and quickly spread to the fifth floor of the building

Nigro called the fire, 'historic in its magnitude,' because of the number of lives lost. Firefighters are seen working the scene of the tragic fire 

Members of the FDNY work at the scene of a five-alarm fire at an apartment building where at least 12 people were tragically killed 

Officers from the NYPD stand guard during an evacuation following the Bronx fire 
Firefighters worked desperately to put the fire out after responding to the blaze shortly before 7pm
A firefighter is seen pulling a hose as they battle the blaze

Video of the scene showed firefighters wheeling out victims of the horrific fire on stretchers (pictured)

An EMT was seen performing chest compressions on one victim as firefighters pushed the stretcher 

Firefighters were seen prepping victims of the horrific fire for transport to local hospitals 

Luz Hernandez, a resident of the building, said she realized something was wrong when the smell of burned rubber filled her apartment on the fourth floor. She said the smell was followed by smoke (pictured) so thick that it made the room pitch-black. She was able to get to her husband and two sons, 11 and 16, to the window, and they climbed down the front fire escape.

Firefighters were able to rescue several people by climbing up ladders to reach them and bringing them back down to safety

A firefighter is seen on one of the building's fire escapes
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of the apartment fire. The fire was put out by the time Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke during a press conference 
Firefighters continued to search the apartment building late Thursday night  and early Friday morning