A mayor in New York, Bill de Blasio, confirmed today that the fire that caused the death of twelve people, four of them minors, could have been due to an accident by a kitchen stove with which a child was playing.
The fire broke out quickly in a five-story building in the Bronx district on Thursday. Firefighters arrived at the scene three minutes after receiving the first notice.
Speaking to the WNYC radio station, De Blasio confirmed that in addition to the twelve deaths there are still four more people who “are fighting for their lives” in the hospital, and pointed out for the first time the possible cause of the incident.
“What we believe now is that, unfortunately, it was caused by an accident involving a child playing with a kitchen stove” on the basement floor of the building, De Blasio said.
The New York authorities consider this fire as the most tragic in recent times.
The building was more than a hundred years old and, apparently, had not passed some security controls on the fire detection systems, although De Blasio said that, at the moment, there is nothing to confirm that possibility.
Local media indicated that among the fatalities there are four minors, among them three girls of 1, 2 and 7 year-old. Neighbours identified two of the minors as Kylie and Kelesha Francis, according to NBC, as well as their mother, Karen.
In addition to this case, the fire department reported another fire that affected a building in the Brooklyn district early today, with a provisional death toll of two.