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12 dead in NY apartment fire

Prime News, International, New York (US), December 29:- A fire in a New York apartment building killed at least 12 people with many more seriously injured, US officials said. The fire broke out in a five-story building in the Bronx. The death toll is expected to rise.

The deceased included an infant; reports quoted New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio as saying.

Other residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries, he said.

Firefighters managed to rescue at least 12 people to safety, de Blasio said.

“This tragedy is without question historic in its magnitude,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “People died on various floors of the apartment, ranging in age from 1 to over 50,” he added.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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