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14 others in the 29-unit building were taken to the hospital for injuries.de Blasio reported that it is likely more people will succumb from injuries related to the tragedy.

At roughly 7 p.m. on December 28, a fire began at an apartment building in the Bronx.

Excluding the September 11 attacks, it was the worst fire in the city since 87 people were killed at a social club fire in the Bronx in 1990.

Tearful residents spoke of hearing shouts of "fire, fire" in the building and a mad rush to exit the property, battling past the smoke, with just the clothes on their backs into the sub-freezing night.

And in 2007, a fire in the Bronx killed nine children and an adult.

Police say four children are among the 12 people killed in New York City's deadliest residential fire in decades.

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Bissen wrote that Sano "finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door". She says, "I don't even want to think about what he may have done, had he got me through that door".

The fire broke out a little before 7pm local time (8am Singapore) on Thursday on the first floor of a brick building and quickly spread upstairs, killing people on multiple floors, the New York City Fire Department said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

"Tonight here in the Bronx there are families that have been torn apart".

"Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the fire began on the first floor of a five-story apartment building near the Bronx Zoo and spread to the upper floors".

AT least 12 people including a baby have been killed after massive fire ripped through a NY apartment block last night.

Among the dead were four kids - three young ladies ages 1, 2 and 7 and a young man whose age presently can't seem to be discharged.

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It also hit the Afghan News Agency, which has an office on the floor above, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. A suicide attack targeting a Shi'ite cultural center in Afghanistan's capital Kabul is said to have killed at least 40 people.

"Hold your families close and keep those families here in the Bronx in your prayers", de Blasio said in a message to New Yorkers.

Mr Nigro added: "We may lose others as well".

"This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude", said Nigro.

"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".

More than 160 firefighters overcame bone chilling temperatures to fight the blazes and had put it out by around 10 p.m., as indicated by the city fire office.

NY is going through a bitter cold snap with temperatures in the low-teens Fahrenheit and high winds, which according to one media account, stoked flames inside the building as residents flung open doors and windows.

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That's because extreme cold is indeed measured differently for differently geographic areas, said Kimbell. He said he had to go back to 1993 to find a similar cold spell between Christmas and January 1.

"The smoke was insane, people screaming, 'Get out!,'" a witness, Jamal Flicker, told the New York Post.