Bronx apartment fire injures 8, more than 100 displaced
A fire ripped through a six-story apartment building Tuesday night in the Bronx, leaving eight people in the hospital with minor injuries and more than 100 people displaced.
The FDNY says it started around 9 p.m. on the third floor of the building on Davidson Avenue, but flames rekindled just before midnight.
More than 100 firefighters and other emergency workers fought the flames for around an hour. Three rescue workers and five residents were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation but are in stable condition.
The building's windows are currently boarded up, and the city has issued a vacate order on the building, according to Red Cross representatives. A sign with the vacate order
Video from one tenant shows her and her neighbors trying to leave through the front entrance. Another neighbor told News 12 that one exit had to be kicked down because the door was locked.
The MTA told News 12 that they sent over two MTA buses to assist tenants by taking them to hotels or other shelters, but residents say they spent the night sleeping on that very bus. One MTA bus remains around the corner from the building.
The Red Cross was spotted at the scene providing support to the displaced residents. They say that roughly 70 people have registered for assistance. The Red Cross added that the building was declared safe to go back in, but residents say it wasn't since a second fire started up again less than two hours later.
Volunteers gathered near the building to hand out food, drinks, and coupons for food places nearby.
The building's landlord has yet to be heard from. Multiple residents told News 12 they’ve had issues living in the building for years.
The Red Cross and inspectors with the Department of Housing Preservation & Development are both on the scene inspecting the building.