4-Year-Old Critically Injured, 11 Others Hurt In Bronx High-Rise Fire

CBS News Radio 880 - June 10, 2019

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A 4-year-old girl and a teenager are fighting for their lives and 10 other people are in the hospital after a fast-moving fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx early Sunday morning.

The NYPD says a 4-year-old and a 19-year-old are in critical condition with second and third-degree burns.

Ten others were sent to a hospital after the inferno erupted on the 14th floor of the 16-story building on Garden Street in the Belmont neighborhood.

A resident named Michael told WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg that he was awakened around 2 a.m. by police.

“They just banged on the doors, and roused everybody, ‘You immediately need to get out,’” he said.

The building’s residents were sent outside with whatever they could grab.

Keisha lives on the sixth floor of the building.

“People were screaming, crying. It was really crazy,” she said.

It took about an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control.

The FDNY is investigating the cause.

Some witnesses said they heard some sort of explosion that was possibly set off in the building’s trash chute.