6-year-old boy dead, man critically injured in Bronx apartment fire: authorities


UPDATE: The NYPD has identified the 6-year-old boy killed after the fire broke out in the Bronx NYCHA complex on Friday evening. Read more here.

Original story:

MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A fire at a Bronx apartment building left a 6-year-old boy dead and a man critically injured Friday evening, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a compactor chute at an apartment along East 135th Street and Alexander Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood around 5:17 p.m., authorities said.

Over 100 firefighters from 25 units responded to the scene, according to the FDNY.

A 6-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation where he later died, according to police. 

His identity has not been released pending proper family notification.

A 32-year-old man was also taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation and remains in critical condition, police said.

They had both been found unconscious in a hallway of the building, authorities said.

Ten others, including two firefighters, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, FDNY officials said.

The fire was placed under control just before 7:30 p.m., according to authorities.

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