Safety Features Failed In NYC High-Rise Fire That Killed 17

Broken windows in the apartment building where a deadly fire broke out on Sunday are seen behind New York City Mayor Eric Adams during a news conference in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

(AP) — Investigators are trying to determine why key safety features in a New York City high-rise building failed when a deadly fire broke out. The failures allowed thick smoke to billow through the tower and kill 17 people, including eight children.

Investigators determined that an electric space heater started the fire Sunday in the 19-story building in the Bronx. The flames damaged only a small part of the building, but smoke poured through the apartment’s open door and turned stairwells into death traps. The stairs were the only method of escape in a building too tall for fire escapes.


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