New York Mayor Bill de Blasio held an emotional news conference, telling reporters the fire, "will rank as one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years". "Based on the info now, I'm sorry to report 12 New Yorkers are dead, including one child".
Self-closing doors, which swing shut on their own to keep fires from spreading, were also supposed to have been installed, said city Housing Preservation and Development Department spokesperson Matthew Creegan.
"We know that there are four in critical condition", said family friend Eunice Reed.
"When I saw it on the news this morning I started crying", said Nancy Clark, a 42-year-old Bronx resident, who came to the scene Friday to donate blankets, phone chargers and toiletries to the families who had been displaced.
The fire is believed to be New York City's deadliest since a 1990 blaze at a Bronx nightclub that killed 87 people.
"It is the time of year where people celebrate and certainly here we have people who have lost their lives, lost their homes, lost everything and we grieve with them as everyone in this city should and does".
Video from the scene showed one man dressed in shorts trying to help firefighters maneuver a victim on a stretcher away from the building.
NY firefighters at the Bronx apartment fire scene.
The fire, which started on the bottom floor, quickly spread to all five levels of the building.
At least two people have died in Chicago from the cold, and the temperatures are so low that even sharks off of New England are dying as their gills freeze up. "We won't tell you anything more about it other than they range in ages from 1 to over 50".
Batiz wrote on a Go Fund Me page that her mother, Maria Batiz, 57, called her at work to tell her that a fire had broken out in the building and she and the baby were trapped.
Still, Nigro said there was nothing structural about the building that contributed to the fire.
Authorities have confirmed that the blaze has caused the deaths of four children, ages one, two, and seven, along with a boy whose age was not given.
It was constructed in 1916 and had more than 20 units, according to property records cited by the newspaper.
"He brought four people out", Bredu told The Times. "The building is gone", he said. Another 10 people were killed at a Bronx fire in 2007, nine of them children. "It was horrific, heartbreaking", said Michael de Vulpillieres, a Red Cross spokesman.
The NYPD, FDNY, city Office of Emergency Managment, Bronx Borough President's Office and Mayor's Office are conducting a cloathing and coat drive for those affected by the fire at Church of Saint Martin of Tours on Crotona Avenue from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Four [victims], one family?