At least 12 people, including four children, were killed while four others were fighting for their lives after a massive fire broke out Thursday in a New York City apartment building.

“Tonight here in the Bronx, families have been torn apart,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Thursday night. The mayor called the event the “worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city.”

More than 170 firefighters were on the scene of the four-alarm fire, located at a five-story walk-up apartment house in the Bronx, just a block from the borough’s famed zoo, FOX5 New York reported. The firefighters worked to battle the blaze in temperatures as low as 15 degrees.


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