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At least 19 people killed in New York City major fire

IANS | January 10, 2022 06:01 AM

NEW YORK: At least 19 people, including nine children, lost their lives in a major fire in New York City on Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has confirmed.

"We've lost 19 of our neighbors today. It's a tragedy beyond measure. Join me in praying for those we lost, especially the 9 innocent young lives that were cut short, " Xinhua news agency quoted Adams' tweet as saying.

He thanked the firefighters of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for bringing into control the fire, which broke out in a residential apartment high-rise building at 333 East 181st Street in the Bronx.

"An investigation into what happened is under way. To everyone affected by this tragedy: Your city will be with you in the days ahead, " said Adams.

The mayor said earlier on Sunday that the fire was horrific.

"This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of New York, and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city, " he told reporters. "This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed during modern times."

Thirty-two people were sent to hospital in life-threatening conditions. In addition, nine people were also seriously injured and 22 others sustained non-life-threatening injuries. One member of service was also removed to hospital, said Adams.

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