Twelve die in Bronx apartment block fire

Mayor of New York City labelled it worst blaze in 24 years



Twelve people are thought to have died in a huge fire in a New York City apartment block.

The blaze broke out around 7pm local time at a building on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx suburb of New York.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio labelled the inferno the worst fire to hit the city in 25 years.


The youngest victim is a one-year-old child, while another four people are critically injured in hospital.

Over 160 firefighters were called to the scene and managed to rescue 12 people from the apartment block.