The three-storey building on the corner of Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest caught fire early morning and firemen responded quickly with over 20 fire engines to fight the blaze, local media reported.
“Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy fire. Numerous people were brought out of the building by the firefighters on scene. We have 16 people; seven adults and nine children, all with non life-threatening injuries,” New York City fire Chief Daniel Nigro told the media.
The fire is reported to have started in a furniture factory on the ground floor of the building.
This incident comes five days after a similar fire killed 12 people including four children and six Ghanaians in the same area near the Bronx Zoo. It was started by a by a three-year-old boy playing with a kitchen stove in one of the flats.
It is described as the deadliest since the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire that claimed 87 lives a few blocks away.