New York City

13th Person Dies 1 Week After NYC Apartment Fire

A 13th person has died in one of New York City's deadliest fires in decades.

Police say 27-year-old Holt Francis died at a hospital on Thursday after being critically injured in the Dec. 28 Bronx apartment building fire caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with stove burners.

Francis' wife, their two daughters and a niece were also killed in the fire.

The total death toll includes eight adults and five children. Among them was 28-year-old Emmanuel Mensah, who rescued a number of people that night, then went back into the burning building where he died of smoke inhalation.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the fire started on a stove and raced through a door and up five floors.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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