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More than a dozen killed in New York City apartment building fire

At least 19 people have been killed, including nine children, and dozens of others injured in an apartment building fire in New York City, according to city officials and US media.

 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed that 19 people had died in the blaze that broke out about 11am (16:00 GMT) on Sunday in the Twin Parks apartment building in the Bronx area of the city.

The 19-storey tower provided affordable housing and had a large community of people of Gambian origin.

“This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of New York,” Adams told reporters. “The numbers are horrific.”

 

Nine of the dead were children, the Associated Press news agency reported, citing a city official.

 

Earlier on Sunday, officials said 32 people had been admitted to hospital with life-threatening injuries with some 60 people injured as smoke drifted through the building on a cold winter morning.

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