2022 Bronx apartment fire

On the morning of January 9, 2022, a high-rise fire killed 17 people,[1] including 8 children,[2] at the Twin Parks North West, Site 4, high-rise apartment building in the Bronx, New York City, United States.[3] Forty-four people were injured, and 32 with life-threatening injuries were sent to five different borough hospitals.[4] Fifteen were in critical condition the day after the fire.[5][6]

2022 Bronx apartment fire
Twin Parks North West building's location in the Bronx, New York City
Twin Parks North West building's location in New York State
DateJanuary 9, 2022
Timec.10:55 a.m. (UTC−05:00)
Location
Coordinates40°51′14″N 73°53′53″W
TypeHigh-rise fire
CauseElectrical space heater
Deaths17
Non-fatal injuries44

It was the third-worst residential fire in the United States in four decades,[7] and the deadliest fire in New York City since the Happy Land nightclub fire in 1990, which occurred nearby and claimed 87 lives.[8][9] The Bronx fire was also the second major residential fire in the Northeastern United States within a one-week period, occurring four days after a fire in Philadelphia public housing resulted in 12 deaths.[10][11]

Investigators determined that the fire was caused by a defective space heater bursting into flames. Smoke spread through the building as a result of two malfunctioning self-closing doors, causing deaths throughout the building. The fire was largely confined to one apartment; all of the persons killed in the fire died from smoke inhalation,[12] while a dozen critically injured people were badly burned.[13]


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