A HAUNTING photograph from a devastating Bronx fire reveals how the blaze that left 17 dead ravaged an apartment building.
The deadly fire that engulfed a New York apartment building on Sunday left hallways scorched, blackened walls, and windows blown out.
Images of the aftermath show how much damage took place during the fire that left nine adults and eight children, between the ages of two and 12, dead from smoke inhalation.
In addition to the victims that succumbed to smoke inhalation, 35 of the 72 people hurt in the fire suffered life-threatening injuries, NBC New York reports.
Parts of the 19-story building on 181st street in the Bronx now appear to be only a skeleton of what once housed dozens of people.
In a photo — provided by the NYC Department of Buildings on January 12, 2022 — charred debris and walls are seen in a third-floor hallway.
The walls appear to be peeled and soot is seen scattered across the floor.
White painted walls were also seen among the burnt walls, something which confirms the fireproof material inside the walls helped prevent the fire from spreading, according to NBC.
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'CLINGING TO THEIR LIVES'
A vigil was held for the victims of the high-rise blaze on Tuesday night as residents call for action.
The investigation into the fire is focusing on why the building filled so quickly with smoke as well as the failure of the automatic doors.
"When those doors don't close but the laws have been passed, we say where oh where is the penalty for those laws not being enacted and acted upon because we have passed them in the council," City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams said.
The fire started on the third-floor duplex of the Twin Parks Towers North West in Trenton.
About 200 firefighters battled the fire-alarm blaze just before 11am on Sunday.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro warned that the death toll may rise as some of the victims remain critically injured.
Ten children still remain in the hospital.
The original death toll was given as 19 but revised on Monday as a result of a double count in two cases.
MALFUNCTIONING SPACE HEATER
Negro confirmed that the fire was started by a malfunctioning electric space heater that set a mattress on fire.
FDNY sources told ABC7NY that the space heater in the apartment and been left on for days and there were others running in the apartment at the same time.
While the fire department managed to contain the fire to the second and third floors and the adjacent hallway in the duplex, the smoke from the fire spread to other parts of the building.
Nigro called the fire one of the worst blazes in the city in recent memory.
"The smoke conditions in this building are unprecedented," he added.
Resident Winter Thomas described seeing children jumping out the windows and people screaming after the devastating fire broke out.
The woman said she looked out her window and saw flames and black smoke coming up while she described seeing people trying to escape by leaping from the building.
She said: "It was very, very devastating. I've seen kids, very young kids jumping out the windows, people screaming, 'Help, help me please, I'm burning.'"
"It was just something you don't see in real life, it was something like out of a movie."
Firefighters were among those hurt in a horrific fire after responding while short-staffed due to the Omicron surge in New York City, according to officials.
Adams said the firefighters’ oxygen tanks were empty but “they still pushed through the smoke.”
In a tweet, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was "horrified by the devastating fire." She joined Adams and others at the press conference where she says she met with a mother who lost her entire family to the blaze.
"We will not forget you. We will not abandon you. We are here for you," Hochul said, adding that she will be establishing a victim's compensation fund to help those impacted by the fire.
“Your elected leaders, from your Senator Schumer on down to our council members, are united here to support this community to say tonight is a night of tragedy and pain, and tomorrow, we begin to rebuild," she said.
"We rebuild their lives and give them hope."
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