A horrified resident shares how she managed to escape the horrors of the Bronx that killed 19 people.
Winter Thomas described seeing children jumping out of windows and screaming after a devastating fire in a New York apartment building.
19 people, including nine children, were killed and more than 30 injured in Sunday’s fire.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Ms Thomas explained that she was asleep when her little sister went to her room “screaming to help me.”
When the woman looked out of her window and saw flames and black smoke coming out, she described how people were trying to escape from the windows.
She said: “It was very devastating.
“I’ve seen kids, little kids jump out of windows, people scream ‘Help, please help me, I’m burning’.”
“It’s something you don’t see in real life. It’s out of the movie.”
According to NYC Fire Chief Thomas J. Richardson, the fire was started with a portable electric space heater. A door opened, allowing the fire and smoke to spread into the hallway.
The Bronx fire at Twin Park Apartments at 333 E 181st Street began just before 11am ET in the bedroom of a third-floor apartment.
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Approximately 200 firefighters arrived at the site of the incident and rescued people who had set fire to the fire.
The 120-unit affordable housing development is located near Tybout Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx.
Mayor Eric Adams describes it as “one of the worst fires we have seen in New York City in modern times.”
“The numbers are terrible,” the mayor said.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel A Speaking to Negro, the victims were found on every floor and stairs of a multi-storey apartment building.
Ms Thomas added: “Now everyone is very injured and especially amazed at the scene – all those dead people, children, people passed by in front of the building. It was a lot in a moment.”