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Space heater sparked fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people, including 8 children - Erie News Now

Space heater sparked fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people, including 8 children - Erie News Now
By Susannah Cullinane, Brynn Gingras, Bonney Kapp and Mirna Alsharif, CNN

A day earlier, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said 32 people had been taken to hospitals in life-threatening conditions.ET and first consumed the bedroom, then the entire duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the 19-story building, Nigro said.Live updates: The latest on the Bronx apartment fire When residents left the fiery unit, the apartment door was left open, allowing the smoke and fire to spread, Nigro said.The doors in the building were supposed to close automatically, but the apartment door as well as the door from the stairwell to the 15th floor were not functioning properly, Nigro said Monday.

Units arrived at the scene within three minutes of getting an emergency call, Nigro said.Reports of smoke alarms frequently malfunctioning will be looked into, Nigro said, adding he couldn't confirm them.

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