FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said earlier on Sunday the fire had left 32 people hospitalized with life-threatening conditions. Adams said a total of 63 people were injured.
“This is a moment of terror, terror, and pain for New York City, and the impact of this fire will truly bring a level of pain and despair to our city,” Adams said. me,” Adams said.
About 200 members of the New York City Fire Department were at the scene of the fire at a 19-story apartment building at 333 181st East Street. The fire started just before 11 a.m. in a penthouse on the second and third floors of the building and was “collapsed,” the FDNY said.
The fire started in a penthouse on the second and third floors of the building, Nigro said. The apartment door was left open and the smoke then spread to every floor of the building, he said.
Firefighters encountered “very heavy smoke, very heavy fire” in the corridors.
The victims were found in the stairs on every floor of the building, many in cardiac arrest, which Nigro said was an unprecedented loss of life. The injuries were mainly from smoke inhalation, he said.
The FDNY has posted several scene images at 333 East 181st Street showing ladders extending into apartment windows as well as several broken windows.