(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Numerous witnesses, including courageous firefighters who tried to save them, said they’ll never forget the horrifying screams of some who burned to death or were suffocated by the intense smoke in a raging apartment building fire in New York City yesterday that left at least 19 dead, including nine children.
Watch the videos below.
As the New York Post reported:
“At least 19 people were killed — including nine children — when the city’s deadliest fire in more than 30 years tore through a Bronx apartment high-rise Sunday morning.
“Choking, blinding smoke trapped many of the victims of the five-alarm blaze, which was blamed on a malfunctioning space heater turned on to help ward off the cold temps outside, authorities said.
“‘I heard a lot of kids yelling, ‘Help! Help! Help!” resident Dilenny Rodriguez, 38, recalled of the screams echoing through her apartment on the ninth floor of the 19-story building at 333 E. 181st St. in Tremont.
“‘It was dark. The smoke was really bad. Those kids crying for help,’ the emotional woman said.” [emphasis added]
Here are several videos from the inferno reportedly sparked by a malfunctioning space heater. There are no fire escapes on the building, and firefighters said that even though the fire was contained to two floors, the smoke filled almost the entire building. Rescue crews found victims on every floor of the building, including the stairwells where they were trying to escape.
Breaking: At least 19 dead, dozens injured, in Bronx apartment building fire. pic.twitter.com/p872EzkzLC
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) January 9, 2022
BREAKING: New York City mayor says Bronx fire "one of the worst" in city's history; at least 61 injured, "numerous" feared dead pic.twitter.com/eLhcNQbpsc
— BNO News (@BNONews) January 9, 2022
Horrific fire in a Bronx, NY, apartment building has killed at least 19 people, including 9 children.
Officials are calling the incident one of the city’s worst fires in recent history. pic.twitter.com/LzZccBnjeb
— The Recount (@therecount) January 9, 2022