12 dead, 15 injured after fire rips through Bronx apartment building

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A fire that broke out Thursday night in a five-story New York City apartment building quickly grew into a four-alarm blaze, leaving at least 12 people dead and 15 injured, fire officials said.

About 170 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in the Belmont section of the Bronx, near the Bronx Zoo. One of the victims is a baby, NBC New York reports. Witnesses told the New York Post they heard people screaming they were trapped, and one man was shouting, "My babies are dead! My babies are dead" The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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