Soldier Home for the Holidays Dies Saving Lives in Bronx Apartment Fire

  • Soldier Home for the Holidays Dies Saving Lives in Bronx Apartment Fire

Soldier Home for the Holidays Dies Saving Lives in Bronx Apartment Fire

Neither did 58-year-old Maria Batiz or her 8-month-old granddaughter. Investigators will look at whether the door to the apartment was defective or if an obstruction prevented it from closing, he said.

On a GoFundMe page asking for support, Batiz's daughter, Christine Batiz, said that while she was at work her mother watched the girl, a tiny child with big brown eyes.

A 3-year-old boy with a "history of playing with the burners and turning them on" caused the fire, Nigro told reporters. The child's mother grabbed the boy and his sibling and fled, but she left their apartment door open, allowing the flames to rapidly spread to the rest of the building. By the time she discovered the flames, it was too late.

The lesson, he added: "Close the door, close the door, close the door". But another family on the fifth floor suffered unimaginable tragedy. "I need somebody to tell me what to feel", Stewart said. You have to watch your children.

"She should have been watching her kid", said Nyvia Vidal, 47.

Her nieces, Kylie and Charmela, were 2 and 7 years old. Kwabena Mensah said his son, Emmanuel, spent his final moments trying to rescue other people in the building. "He wanted to help people out". He brought people outside.

Mr Mensah recalled: 'When he came here he just said, "Dad, I want to join the Army".

De Blasio confirmed his death on Saturday. "Private Emmanuel Mensah was a first-generation immigrant, a soldier and a New Yorker", de Blasio wrote.

The 62-year-old told PIX11: 'They were telling me he was rescuing people out from the fire.

As smoke engulfed the building on Prospect Avenue just before 7 p.m. Thursday, family after family desperately ran out, barefoot and freezing, to try to get to safety. "Baby trapped... apartment 13 is on the third floor".

"We've got people on the fire escape", another said.

Alexander Hamilton said, "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism".

"He helped his roommate's wife and children, they were trying to come out to the stairs and he stopped them". Those that tried, a few of them perished.

Survivors such as Joel Rodriguez now wonder what to do next.

The 28-year-old was in for the holidays - his first trip home since joining the Army a year ago.

The Red Cross is providing temporary housing, along with food, drinks, blankets and mental health care to those residents in need. It's a loss FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro called "unprecedented".

"Our prayers and thoughts are with the families that were affected", he said.

"He brought four people out", said his uncle, Twum Bredu, who lives next door. "When you see something like this happen, it reminds us how precious life is".