Survivors, neighbors mark 1 year since Belmont fire claimed 13 lives

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Survivors, heroes and community members gathered Friday night to remember the 13 lives that were lost last year during the Belmont apartment fire.

The Dec. 28, 2017 fire at 2363 Prospect Ave. marked the city's deadliest fire in decades. Fire officials said an unattended 3-year-old sparked the fire by playing with stove burners.

News 12 reported that the fire sparked inside the kitchen on the first floor of the five-story building and quickly spread.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the boy's mother was not in the kitchen when the fire started; however, she and her two children ran out of the apartment and left their door open once they realized the fire was out of control.

Community members held a vigil outside the building Friday. They told News 12 that the fire has brought the neighborhood together and that the victims will not be forgotten.

As each victim’s name was read, balloons were released to honor their loss.

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