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At least four Jamaicans believed dead in New York blaze

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 9:35 AM
Firefighters respond to a building fire on Thursday, in the Bronx borough of New York. – AP Photo

Reports are now emerging that at least four Jamaicans, are among the 12 people killed in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York last night.

The four are members of a Spanish Town St Catherine family while a fifth member of the family is reportedly hospitalised in critical condition.

An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Jamaican authorities in the United States have been contacted by American officials and a statement will be issued shortly.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the fire was the deadliest in the city for at least 25 years. The victims include a one-year-old child.

The cause of the fire, on Prospect Avenue, near Fordham University and the Bronx Zoo, is not yet clear.

More than 160 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control.

In a statement, the New York Police Department said a boy and three girls, aged one, two and seven were among the dead.

Officials said the first alarm sounded at the five-storey building about 7 p.m.