At least 12 people, including at least one child, died in an apartment building fire in the Bronx borough of New York City Thursday night, according to media reports.
The fire also critically injured four other people, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters at a news conference at the scene, The New York Times reported.
It was the deadliest fire in the city since 1990, excluding the Sept. 11 attacks, the paper reported.
Structure fires caused 2,950 civilian deaths in 2016 and $7.9 billion in property damage, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. New York state saw 157 fire deaths from 2011 to 2015, the third highest of any state behind Texas (202) and California (186) according to data from the organization.