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Bronx fire victims to be memorialized in candlelight vigil on Tuesday

Bronx fire victims to be memorialized in candlelight vigil on Tuesday
Mourners are gathering by candlelight on Tuesday to memorialize the 17 victims of Sunday’s deadly fire in the Bronx. "Remembering the lives of our neighbors," reads an online invitation for the candle

"When it was opened all the way, when occupants escaped, it did not close on its own," FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said Tuesday.Exactly how and why that space heater malfunctioned is also being investigated by the fire marshal, Dwyer said.The blaze's worst impact was concentrated on the second, third and 15th floors, although the smoke reached throughout the building, Dwyer said.Fifteen people remain in critical condition on Tuesday, Dwyer said.

The building is structurally sound, although damaged with smoke, water and other effects of the fire and the firefighting aftermath, Dwyer said., where a malfunctioning space heater sparked the blaze at 11 a.

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