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12 victims of deadly Belmont fire remembered 6 years later

Within just a few minutes, FDNY was at the scene, but the damage was already done. The fire quickly spread up the stairs of the building, giving residents very little time to react and escape.

News 12 Staff

Dec 28, 2023, 11:19 AM

Updated 178 days ago

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Thursday marks six years since the tragic day where a Belmont fire left 12 people dead.
Dec. 28, 2017 is a day so many Bronx residents will never forget. Fire marshals say the fire was started by a 3-year-old boy who was playing with the burners on a stove at 2363 Prospect Ave.
Within just a few minutes, FDNY was at the scene, but the damage was already done. The fire quickly spread up the stairs of the building, giving residents very little time to react and escape.
A dozen residents died, while multiple others were left in critical condition, officials said.
The tragedy was one of the deadliest fires in city history, alongside 2022’s Twin Parks fire, which killed 17 people.


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