Four people, including a 10-month-old baby girl, were killed in a Bronx home fire early Sunday morning, the New York Police Department said.
New York Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Brennan said firefighters immediately began removing victims from the building after responding to a report of a fire at the residence just after 6 a.m. ET.
Two boys, aged 10 and 12, were pronounced dead at the scene by rescuers. The baby girl and a 22-year-old man were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were later pronounced dead, according to the NYPD
Police have not released the identities of those killed and the cause of the fire, which will be determined by the fire marshal, is being investigated, according to the NYPD.
A 21-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man were seriously injured and are being treated at an area hospital, police said.
Several firefighters were also lightly injured, the FDNY said.
Due to the “heavy fire” on the first and second floors, the incident was escalated into a second-alarm fire, prompting the response of more than 100 firefighters and EMS personnel, according to the FDNY.
The blaze comes months after New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed an executive order in March on fire safety, after a separate fatal fire at a Bronx apartment building killed 17 people in the fire. one of the deadliest fires in the city’s history.
The executive order is designed to improve fire safety enforcement, outreach efforts to educate New Yorkers and identify safety violations, Adams announced in a press release at the time.