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Deadly Bronx fire: Mayor Eric Adams gives update on victims | USA TODAY


New York City Mayor Eric Adams updates on the fatal Bronx apartment building fire that killed at least 17 people, including nine children.
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Cleanup crews in white suits cleared debris and trash Monday from the high-rise Bronx apartment building where choking smoke from an accidental blaze a day earlier killed 17 people, including nine children.

Surrounding blocks were closed off Monday, the streets lined with police and fire vehicles. Dozens of people remained hospitalized from the nation’s most deadly apartment fire in almost 40 years.

Thirteen survivors were in critical condition, and authorities warned the death toll could rise.

A malfunctioning space heater apparently sparked the 5-alarm fire Saturday in the 19-story building, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Mayor Eric Adams, who described the blaze as one of the “worst fires in modern times,” ordered flags to remain at half staff until sunset Wednesday in remembrance of the victims.

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