Bronx Fire Injures Seven, Leaves 70 Homeless

NY 1 - December 22, 2010

by Tina Redwine

A fire that tore through a 12-story apartment building in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx Tuesday has left dozens of residents displaced.

Flames broke out shortly before 1 p.m. on the seventh floor of 1882 Grand Concourse, and fire officials say the wind spread the two-alarm fire up to the eleventh floor.

About 175 firefighters fought the blaze, and seven people were brought to Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries.

The fire was under control after an hour-and-a-half.

"We had a major fire on 7B, seventh floor. Two floors of fire [were] heavily blown by wind, making it into a blowtorch proportion," said New York City Fire Department Chief Joseph Saccente.

After fire officials deemed the building unsafe, about 70 residents gathered their belongings and were taken in buses to the Mount Hope Community Center.

"My tree got burned, my whole apartment's messed up. The ceiling, there's water coming down...Everything is really nasty," said a resident.

The Red Cross is now helping the displaced residents find shelter.

Con Edison and the FDNY are working together to determine if any apartments are safe to be re-opened.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.