Sixteen hurt in Bronx fire, five days after blaze killed 12

Survivors of devastating Bronx fire allowed to return to building

More than 20 people were injured Tuesday morning when a seven-alarm fire struck an apartment building in the Bronx, a Fire Department of NY spokesman said.

As flames worked their way upward from a furniture store to the flats above, families, including children, were forced out into historically low winter temperatures.

New York City fire department tweeted that over 200 fire fighters continued to fight the fire at 1547 Commonwealth Ave' in Bronx. Numerous people were brought out of the building by the firefighters on scene.

"They've all been transported, and they will all be ok, thankfully", he said.

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"Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy fire", Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

This fire came less than a week after another fire in the Bronx killed 12 people.

One resident said he fled the building with no shirts and no shoes - only his three young children.

Last week's fire was started when a three-year-old boy ignited his mum's apartment by fiddling with her stove in the early hours of the morning. That inferno killed 12 people, four of them children. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it the worst fire tragedy the city has seen in a quarter century.

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