What to Know
- Fire that burned through an apartment in The Bronx injured several people including five children Wednesday afternoon, officials say
- Four of the children were hospitalized, one in critical condition
- Police say there were no supervising adults in the apartment at the time of the fire
A fire that burned through an apartment in The Bronx injured several people including five children Wednesday afternoon, officials say.
Four of the children were hospitalized. At least one child, who was transported to Jacobi Medical Center, was listed in critical condition, with police saying there were no supervising adults inside the seventh-floor apartment located on Webster Avenue, although currently there is no criminality.
The fire started around 1:30 p.m. and was extinguished by approximately 2 p.m.
Images from the scene showed windows blown out. Fire officials say that smoke was billowing from the windows.
Witnesses say they could hear the children screaming for help from the windows as the fire ripped through the apartment.
In total eight people, including the five children, were hurt. It is unclear if the rest of the injuries were due to people trying to aid the children.
“People screaming and the ambulance came, the fire department came and they rushed inside,” one of the witnesses said, adding that the firefighters started “busting out windows and bringing out kids, boys, one girl and an infant.”
The cause of the fire is currently unknown as the investigation continues.