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    Bronx fire: At least 12 dead after huge blaze rips through apartment block

    At least 12 people have died after a huge fire ripped through an apartment block in the Bronx borough of New York City on Thursday evening.
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio added that an infant was among the dead and four others were critically injured.
    “This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city – it will rank as one of the worst losses in a fire in many years,” de Blasio told reporters at a news conference.
    “Hold your families close and keep those families here in the Bronx in your prayers.”
    More than 160 firefighters were sent to the scene, the fire department said earlier on Thursday.
    The blaze, which is now under control, started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
    “People died on various floors of the apartment, ranging in age from one to over 50,” city Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
    “In a department that’s certainly no stranger to tragedy, we’re shocked at this loss. 12 have died and four are fighting for their lives.”
    He added: “This tragedy is without question historic in its magnitude. Our hearts go out to every family who lost a loved one here and everyone fighting for their lives.”

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