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By Robert Press

The Bronx, Sunday, January 9: At least nineteen people, including nine were children have perished in a fire at 333 East 181st Street in the Fordham Section of the Bronx. Over two dozen other people were taken to several area hospitals, and it is not known at the time of the writing of this article if the death toll will rise. 

Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro said that the fire was contained to the second and third floors of the nineteen story building. He said the fire was most likely due to a space heater, but the arson team will investigate further. He added that as the family exited the apartment leaving they left the fire door open thus allowing the fire to spread. 

MS 391, the school around the corner from the fire is being used as a shelter overnight for the families of the building that will be checked by the Buildings Department to see if there is any structural damage that would prevent the families from going back into the building, other than the odor of smoke throughout the building. Elected officials from the Governor, Mayor, U.S. Senator, Bronx Borough President, City Council and state Assembly members and others said The community, the city, and the state stand with those who have perished, and those who have survived what happened at 333 East 188th Street. 

Governor Hochul speaks at the Press conference that was called for the evening of the fire. Mayor Adams, Senator Schumer, and Fire Commissioner Nigro also spoke and answered questions.

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