GRAND CONCOURSE, the Bronx — Four women are dead after intense flames ripped through a Bronx apartment building Tuesday night, according to the NYPD.
Authorities responded around 7:30 p.m. to an emergency call for a fire that started on the top floor of a six-story building at at 1560 Grand Concourse and extended through the roof, according to officials.
The FDNY said 140 firefighters from 33 units responded to battle the blaze, which authorities believe started in one unit on that top floor.
Police said two of the victimswere in a neighboring unit and the other two victims were in another neighboring unit.
All four women, believed to be ages 42, 71, 76 and 92, were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were all pronounced dead, police said.
Another older woman living in the building was also treated for minor injuries, officials said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but authorities Tuesday night said it seemed to be accidental, possibly started by a space heater.
Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to say the FDNY firefighters had the fire under control in about an hour and that he’s grateful for their valiant efforts.
Bronx City Councilman Ritchie Torres offered his condolences to the victims and their loved ones, saying “please keep the families in your prayers.”