Police are searching for several teenagers who were reportedly seen in the lobby of a Bronx building hours before a deadly blaze ripped through the structure, leaving one dead, seven injured and more than 130 homeless.
According to witness’ who talked to the cops, there were three or four teens, "just screwing around," a police source said to the Daily News.
Fire officials on Sunday described the blaze in the five-story building on East 169th Street, west of the Grand Concourse as "suspicious."
One person was killed and seven injured. Five of the victims are in serious condition, and two have minor injuries, fire officials said. They were all taken to Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.
More than 130 people had to scramble to safety and were left homeless. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at PS 64 at 425 Walton Avenue in the Bronx to assist the estimated 35 families displaced by the blaze.
Dinorah Gonzalez, who lived in the building, described the scene. "I saw (a) flame trying to come inside my apartment." The tragedy, which happened just days after Thanksgiving, left many wondering what to do. "It's sad," Gonzalez said.
Cops hope to talk to the teens, and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS.