Doctors fight to save the lives of those injured in New York’s multi-storey fire

Doctors worked to save the lives of several seriously injured on Monday when smoke from a fire either passed them out or trapped them in their apartment in a tall New York City building.

19 people including nine children died in the fire.

Dozens were in hospital, and Mayor Eric Adams said Monday morning that many were in critical condition after Sunday’s fire in the Bronx, which is already the city’s deadliest in three decades.

A depressed mayor told CNN the death toll could rise.

“We pray to God that they will be able to overcome this,” he said.

Investigators determined that a malfunctioning electric space heater plugged in to deliver extra heat on a cold morning started the 19-story building on fire.

The flames damaged only a small portion of the building, but smoke escaped through the apartment’s open door and turned into stairs, the only way for the fire to escape the very tall building by flying into the dark, ash-filled horrors. was in

Fire Commissioner Daniel Negro said some people could not survive because of the high smoke level.

As they tried to exit, the others were disabled.

Mr Negro said firefighters found victims on every floor, many of whom were in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

The lame children were seen giving them oxygen after they were thrown out.

The faces of some of the fleeing people were covered with soot.

Mr. Adams said firefighters continued rescue work even after the air supply ran out.

“Their oxygen tanks were empty and they were still pushing through the smoke,” Mr. Adams said.

Mr Negro said an investigation was underway to determine how the fire spread and whether anything could have been done to prevent or stop the fire.

Mr Adams said it appeared smoke had been emanating from a door that was about to close on its own.

“There may have been a maintenance problem with this door.

“And that .. is going to be part of the ongoing investigation,” Mr. Adams said on Good Morning America.

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A staircase leads to a window after a fatal fire in an apartment building in the Bronx (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

Large, new apartment buildings in the city are required to have sprinkler systems and interior doors that close automatically to block smoke and deprive fires of oxygen, but those rules don’t apply to the city’s thousands of older buildings. There are.

The building is equipped with smoke alarms, but many residents said they initially ignored them because alarms were too common in a 120-unit building.

Building resident Sandra Clayton grabbed her dog Mocha and ran for her life when she saw the hallway filling with smoke and heard people shouting, “Get out! Get out!”

Ms Clayton, 61, said she grabbed Mocha and groped his way down a dark staircase.

The smoke was so dark that she could not see, but she could hear the neighbors weeping and crying.

Ms Clayton told a hospital, where she was treated for inhaling the fumes, “I just ran down as far as I could, but people were falling over me, screaming.”

In the commotion, his dog slipped from his grip.

Mocha was later found dead in the staircase.

Hassan Badr told The New York Times that two of his siblings, both children, were killed and a 25-year-old cousin was not traced.

Mr Badr, 28, was waiting at Jacobi Medical Center for news about his 12-year-old brother, who was suffering from severe smoke.

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Major Eric Adams of New York City (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

A five-year-old sister was in another hospital.

“I’m thinking like I’m dreaming, it’s not true. You hear people crying, my goodness,” Mr. Badr told the newspaper.

“To be honest, I just can’t believe it.”

Mr Badr’s family, 11 people from Mali, lived in a three-bedroom apartment on the third floor.

According to the Daily News, Mahamadou Tore struggled to put into words his grief outside the hospital’s emergency room, where his five-year-old daughter and the girl’s teenage brother died.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Mr Toure said, “I have a lot of heart right now…”.

“Okay. I give it to God.”

Luis Rosa said he initially thought it was a false alarm.

“By the time he opened the door to his 13th-floor apartment, the smoke was so thick he couldn’t see down the hallway:” So I said, well, we can’t run down the stairs because if we go down the stairs Run down, we’re going to suffocate in the end.”

“We could only wait,” he said.

It was the deadliest fire in New York City since 1990, when a arson at the Happy Land Social Club in the Bronx also killed 87 people.

The borough was also home to a deadly apartment building fire in 2017 that killed 13 people and a 2007 fire also started by a space heater, which killed nine.