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Firefighters injured in fire after ‘responding to staff shortages due to Covid’

Firefighters were among those injured in a devastating blaze in the Bronx after responding during staffing shortages caused by an increase in Omicrons in New York City, according to officials.

At least 19 people were killed in the devastating fire, including nine children, NYC Mayor Eric Adams confirmed at a news conference Sunday night.

At least 19 people died in the Bronx fire on Sunday, including 9 children

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At least 19 people died in the Bronx fire on Sunday, including 9 children

Adams said the firefighters’ oxygen tanks were empty but “they were still pushing through the smoke”.

The mayor was attended by Governor Kathy Hochul, senator Chuck Schumer and NYC Fire Sheriff Thomas J. Richardson.

Gov Hochul said she will direct her office to set up a victim compensation fund for those affected.

In total, more than 60 people were injured, more than half of which were serious, an FDNY official said. Four firefighters were among those injured, although none were life-threatening.

Mr. Richardson said the cause of the fire was a portable electric heater. One door was left open, sending fire and smoke into the corridors.

“There is much more to be discovered,” as the investigation continued, he added.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the fire one of the worst in the city in recent memory. “The smoke conditions in this building are unprecedented,” he added.

Nigro said about 200 members of the FDNY were at the scene of the fire at 333 East 181st St. The victims were found in the stairs on each floor of the building. Many are in cardiac arrest.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17270977/firefighters-hurt-in-fire-short-staffed-covid/ Firefighters injured in fire after ‘responding to staff shortages due to Covid’

Huynh Nguyen

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