Survivor describes escape from deadly NY apartment fire

New York firefighters at the Bronx apartment fire scene

Firefighters arrived on the scene in just over three minutes. Not considering the possibility of a fire, Sakyi said she initially took off all of her clothes, but then went to the door to see what was happening.

Adrenaline flowing, he closed the door, went to the window and yanked out the heavy air conditioning unit, "which was fantastic because when I was putting it in I was struggling".

Esther Sakyi, 50, said she was alone in her bedroom when she felt the room getting hot.

ABC 30 reported that four victims from one family have been identified as: 19-year-old Shawntay Young, 37-year-old Karen Stewart Francis, and her two daughters, 2-year-old Kylie Francis and 7-year-old Kelesha "Kelly" Francis.

Numerous 25 families who lived in the Bronx apartment building were immigrants, "hard-working people going about their lives", said Jonathan Morris, the priest at the nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, who said he spent Thursday night with the families at St. Barnabas Hospital as they were called upon to identify the dead. A dozen others were rescued from the fire with varying injuries but were expected to survive. The family, a husband and wife and four children, got out. He was last seen heading back into the flames to help save others. He added that it's not unusual for children to be fascinated by fire or rare for children to start them.

"We're hoping he's still alive because the fireman said all the bodies were accounted for", Reed said. The blaze quickly grew, leading to evacuations and the deaths of 12 individuals, according to the New York Daily News.

"It is the time of year where people celebrate and certainly here we have people who have lost their lives, lost their homes, lost everything and we grieve with them as everyone in this city should and does". "Four at one time - what do I do?"

"Bunch of calls on this one, chief", one official said as units rushed to the Bronx.

"Went to work, he's not there".

Rajkumar Ramdhani, who lived with his wife on the second floor of the building, said two grandchildren were visiting from Virginia when the fire broke out.

Officials said on Friday the fire started when a three-year-old boy was playing with a stove inside of a first-floor apartment.

"May the 12 souls already be in heaven", he said.

"I want to offer my prayers to all the families who have lost their loved ones this evening or who are struggling".

Several online fundraisers have also been set up for the families of those who perished in the flames.

Friday morning Mayor de Blasio said the search for answers in Thursday night's fire is ongoing.

Related News:



Most liked

Russian Federation and Turkey Seal Deal on Controversial Missile System
National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli confirmed the statement and added that the S-400 deal had been concluded. The move has alarmed Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies amid tensions with Moscow.

Padmavati Should Lose A Letter To Get U/A
The Rajput body's member Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi has said that the film has been cleared "under pressure from the underworld". The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and professor K.K.

Wind chill advisories continue; no warm up in sight
Wear warm shoes or boots, and make sure as much exposed skin as possible is covered by gloves, hats, ear muffs, and scarves. Don't expect any big thaw or warming trend, as high temperatures are expected to remain below freezing indefinitely.

Salman Khan's 'Tiger Zinda Hai' mints Rs 217 crore in 8 days
As per the progression so far, all indications are that Tiger Zinda Hai would make its way to the 300 Crore Club as well. However, the interesting thing is that this film was also directed by Sultan fame director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Instagram Recommends Photos in Your Feed Now, Users Aren't Happy
I don't even see 75% of the people I'm following posts but now @ Instagram is sticking " recommended posts " in my feed. The " Recommended for You " section will consist of three or five suggested posts, as shown in the live version.

The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day
The final installment of the supermoon series will kick off on January 31, which will be "extra special", NASA says. This is known as the moon illusion, and the moon has not risen, it is a trick your eyes are playing on you.

10 injured by TNT blast in St. Petersburg, state media says
Petersburg, confirmed the individuals had sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were admitted to hospitals. The device was inside a locker at a chain supermarket called Perekrestok, located in an entertainment complex.

Triple-homicide suspect out of Nebraska arrested in Jackson
According to court documents, Dalton served more than 11 years in prison for killing his wife and was released on parole in 2010. Officers were called to a home in the 3900 block of N. 37th Street shortly before 8 p.m.to investigate a shooting Tuesday.

Unemployment rates rise in Dutchess
Four counties were at or above 5 percent — Clearwater, 6 percent; Shoshone, 5.5 percent; Lewis, 5.5 percent; and Adams, 5 percent. In November, 7,765 people were unemployed, 495 fewer than in October, and 661 fewer than in November 2016, the department said.

Madera Community Hospital reducing patient visitation due to spike in flu diagnoses
However, county officials stressed that "In reality, every year is a bad flu year for the people who get sick". FLU SYMPTOMS: fever, cough , sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

Four bodies found in upstate NY basement, police say
Little other information has come to light, Troy police chief James Todesco said during a press conference Wednesday. Authorities did not comment on the nature of the deaths or identities of the deceased at the scene.

Mukesh Ambani to assist Anil Ambani by buying telecom assets of RCOM
The company is already undergoing a "robust" transformation to a business-business services company, Anil Ambani had said. About 50% of its revenue will come from overseas operation, Ambani said.

"Gaming Disorder" to be classified as a mental health disorder in 2018
For nearly 30 years people's lifestyles have changed and that includes the growth of gaming in most people's lives. The WHO did not specify how many hours classifies as "excessive", and there isn't yet a specified treatment.

China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites
The newspaper said the transfers involved large Chinese and North Korean ships operating in waters between China and South Korea. The U.S.in September sought to persuade the UN Security Council to pass a resolution banning oil exports to North Korea.

FCC Approves First Distance Wireless Charging System
The transmitter converts electricity to radio frequencies, which are then beamed into devices that have a corresponding receiver. In a major step forward for charging technology, the FCC has certified the first at-a-distance wireless charging system.