President BidenJoe BidenAustralia agrees to .5 billion tank deal with US: reportJim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel’s request to cooperate in investigationSALT change on ice in the SenateMORE on Monday called New York City Mayor Eric Adams to offer his support in the wake of an apartment building fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people, including eight children.
“Just a few moments ago I received a call from President Biden, and he has made it clear that whatever we need, the White House is going to be there for us,” Adams said at a press conference.
“He has just sent a very strong message that this is on the radar of the entire globe, what has happened here,” Adams added.
The mayor said the medical examiner provided updated numbers that determined 17 people died in the fire. Nine were adults and eight were children, he said. More than a dozen others were injured.
“This tragedy is not going to define us. It is going to show our resiliency as we help the families through this,” Adams added.
The Sunday apartment fire started with a malfunctioning electric space heater in a duplex spanning the second and third floors of the building, authorities said.
Residents at the complex who were trapped inside had to break windows for air and stuffed wet towels under their doors, New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday.
Adams said earlier Monday on CNN that the city is going to learn from this moment, adding that the only way to get it right and prevent a tragedy of this proportion is to continue to make sure we rectify and correct any problems that we see” with building codes and safety measures.