Police identify 7 more victims of NYC's deadliest in decades

Soldier home for Christmas died trying to save lives as New York's worst fire for a generation kills 12, including four kids

Soldier home for Christmas died trying to save lives as New York's worst fire for a generation kills 12, including four kids

Some families in the apartment building are part of the parish so he rushed to the location "as soon as I could get there", he said.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire, "historic in its magnitude", because of the number of lives lost.

The boy who started the fire had a history of playing with the stove burners, according to Nigro, who reminded New Yorkers the importance of taking preventative measures in the event of a fire. But the flames moved so fast, spreading through every floor of the building within minutes, that many never made it out of their apartments. "He was trying to help people out from the fire, and unfortunately he lost his life".

Officials found the victims, one of whom was 1 year old, on various floors.

The fire was first reported shortly before 7 p.m. local time.

NYC Mayor Di Blasio held a press conference early Friday where he stated that the deadly fire was likely accidental.

There were seven firefighters injured in the fire and seven civilians injured. The youngest victim died in the arms of her mother, who tried to escape the fire by hiding in the bathtub, the New York Post reported, citing law-enforcement and FDNY sources. On Twitter, he said it had been a "devastating night".

Temperatures are in the teens in NY, with winds making it feel like single digits. Then in 2007, a space heater overheating caused another fire in a Bronx residence which killed 10 people, nine of which were children. The apartment building at 2363 Prospect Ave., is about half a mile from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the Bronx, the northernmost borough in New York City.

The FDNY says in a tweet that's the number of injuries now reported from the fire near the Bronx Zoo.

City officials are advising people in the area to close their windows to keep out the smoke.

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