*The FDNY and NYPD released the identities of the nine adults and eight children who were killed in the Bronx apartment fire.
Also, dozens gathered in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx on Tuesday evening to hold a vigil for the victims, who ranged in age from 2 to 50. Residents stood out in the frigid cold to remember the three young children who were part of a family that tried to make it down to safety but died in the smoke.
“Because I have kids of my own, the whole family,” Bronx resident Maria Gomez said. “The family who lost their life. It’s heartbreaking.”
“My children know people from this building in particular, and I’ve been in this community for 21 years and I see these people every day that I know them by name or not, you know, they’re family,” Bronx resident Vanessa Riddick said. “And you know, we know even more now when we see the support that the community is giving to one another.”
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Fire officials say a malfunctioning electric space heater sparked the blaze. Flames damaged only a small part of the 19-story structure, but smoke poured through the building after tenants fleeing the unit where the blaze began left the apartment door open behind them in their hurry to escape.
The victims are identified by name and age below: