At least six people were killed Thursday night at a large apartment fire in New York City's Bronx borough, officials said. (Fire Department of New York)
NEW YORK (AP) - At least twelve people died, including a baby, and more were seriously injured Thursday in a fire that broke out in an apartment building on a frigid night in the Bronx, according to a spokesman for New York City's mayor.
The blaze was in a five-story building, a block from the grounds of the Bronx Zoo. A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Phillips, said there were 12 fatalities but the eventual death toll was still uncertain.
About 170 firefighters worked in bone-chilling cold, just 15 degrees, to rescue people from the building.
According to a spokesperson from the Mayor's office, investigators determined that the fire was caused by a child playing with a stove.
Photographs and video of the building seemed to show that the fire, which was reported just before 7 p.m., appeared to be under control. No smoke or flames were visible but windows on the third floor were smashed and blackened.
One of the deadliest fires in recent memory happened elsewhere in the Bronx in 2007. Nine children and one adult died in a blaze sparked by a space heater.