New Bronx fire injures 16, including nine children

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It was the deadliest fire in New York City in more than 25 years, officials said, and left at least 14 families homeless.

The building includes three floors of apartments over retail spaces.

The New York Fire Department said almost two dozen people were injured, including a firefighter.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters arrived in less than 4 minutes and helped rescue tenants.

The 5:30 a.m. fire broke out in a tin-roof furniture store, where the gates were down, on Commonwealth Avenue in Van Nest and rapidly spread up to apartments in the mixed-use building.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. More than 250 firefighters were at the scene.

One resident told NBC news he fled the building, barefoot and barechested, with his three children into freezing temperatures that dipped as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Last Thursday, a fire at a residential building near Bronx Zoo killed 12 people.

According to the reports, at least 16 people have been injured as the blaze continues to rage.

"Praying for a swift recovery for all those injured", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

At least 23 people are injured in a fire that breaks out in a building in the Bronx, New York City, on January 2, 2018.

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