The blaze quickly spread to the upper floors, leaving one person seriously injured while 11 others suffered non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
Barely four minutes after the emergency call, around 200 firefighters arrived in three dozen vehicles at 5:30 am (1030 GMT) at a three-floor, red-brick building close to the Bronx Zoo.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
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"Children starting fires is not rare", FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Friday, adding that the stairway "acted like a chimney". On the frigid morning, firefighters were battling not only the flames but the cold as well.
It took the fire crews eight hours to control the blaze on the Bronx's Commonwealth Avenue.
The child's mother said in the aftermath of last week's fire that her son had a history of playing with the stove in his family's first-floor apartment, Reuters reported.
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At least 12 people have been injured, one seriously, in a 7-alarm fire raging through a Bronx building, according to local media.
All of the residents of the building were believed to have been evacuated. It was not clear when it would be habitable again.
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