Fire rips through Bronx building, injuring at least 16, including children

Survivors of devastating Bronx fire allowed to return to building

Survivors of devastating Bronx fire allowed to return to building

At least 23 people were injured Tuesday when fire raced through a Bronx flat - just five days after the 12 others died when the NY borough suffered the city's worst fire in 25 years.

The department said there were 22 non-life-threatening injuries reported to civilians and one injury to a firefighter. The fire, which started around 5:30 a.m. on a frigid Tuesday, is believed to have started on a first-floor furniture store before overtaking the entire building. The other victims suffered minor injuries. Another resident escaped with her two children and dog.

Firefighters are battling a stubborn six-alarm fire at a building in the Bronx.

The four-story building is home to a commercial furniture store and apartment units.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Barely four minutes after the emergency call, around 200 firefighters arrived in three dozen vehicles at 5.30am at a three-floor, red-brick building close to the Bronx Zoo.

"Children starting fires is not rare", FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Friday, adding that the stairway "acted like a chimney".

The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest.

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