More information is coming out about the Bronx apartment building fire that killed twelve people and left four others critically injured. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that it looks as if the fire was started in a first-floor apartment by a three-year-old child toying with the burners on the stove.
The child's mother discovered the fire, grabbed her children, and ran out of the apartment, leaving the front door open. The building's hallway acted as a chimney that fed the fire and allowed it to spread throughout other floors.
Close the door, close the door, close the door.
Emmanuel Mensah, a 28-year-old National Guard soldier on leave for the holidays, managed to rescue six people from the burning building.
Emmanuel Mensah, a private in the Army National Guard, evacuated his six roommates and rescued four neighbors from a deadly Bronx fire. He went back in the building to save more, but wound up among the 12 victims who did not survive: https://t.co/29VdLCJhPH— Ashley Southall (@AshleyAtTimes) December 30, 2017
The first four victims of the fatal Bronx fire were identified: 19-year-old Shawntay Young, 37-year-old Karen Stewart Francis and her two daughters, 2-year-old Kylie Francis and 7-year-old Kelesha "Kelly" Francis. Rest in peace. via @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/J5FVacU0Ny— All Black Media (@Allblackmedia) December 29, 2017