The Fire Department of New York says a blaze raging in a Bronx apartment building has killed at least nine and seriously injured 15 people.
The FDNY says in a tweet that’s the number of injuries currently reported from the fire near the Bronx Zoo.
FDNY photos show ladders stretched to the roof of the five-story building. Some 170 firefighters are on the scene.
City Department of Buildings records show the building is a walk-up apartment house.
City officials are advising people in the area to close their windows to keep out the smoke.
One witness told the New York Post that he feared children were among the dead or injured.
‘A father ran into the building, he couldn’t get in,’ said Xanral Collins. ‘I saw him screaming, `My babies are dead! My babies are dead!’ ‘