At least 16 injured as fire devours building in Bronx

At least 16 injured as fire devours building in Bronx

At least 23 people were injured Tuesday when fire raced through a Bronx flat - just five days after the 12 others died when the NY borough suffered the city's worst fire in 25 years. People had very little time to react.

The fire erupted about 5:30 a.m.in a first-floor furniture store at 1547 Commonwealth Ave.in the Van Nest section, the FDNY said.

Chopper 4 was over the scene and showed thick smoke pouring out of windows of the four-story building while firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

One resident escaped the burning building with his three young children.

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"I woke up my husband, my kids and said listen there's a fire in the building", she told WABC.

The flames quickly spread through the building. Firefighters have to conduct more searches of the building, the commissioner added, but at this point there are no reports of anyone missing.

This is a second incident in less than a week. after the incident where a 3-year-old playing with a stove had accidentally put the house on fire which claimed 12 lives including four children. Nigro said authorities would enter the building to determine the cause of the fire once it's deemed safe. Nigro called that blaze "historic in its magnitude".

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