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Boy Playing With Stove Caused Bronx Fire That Killed 12

A Bronx fire that killed 12 people was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a stove, the authorities said on Friday.“It seems like a horrible, tragic accident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC radio.The blaze, which killed four children in the five-story building at 2363 Prospect Avenue in Belmont, was the city’s deadliest in more than a quarter-century. It made December the deadliest month for fires in New York City in a decade, said Daniel A. Nigro, the city fire commissioner.The boy playing with the stove in a first-floor apartment screamed when the fire began, sending his mother rushing into the kitchen as it filled with smoke and flames, Mr. Nigro said. She ran out of the apartment with the boy and a 2-year-old child, but left the door open, allowing fire to shoot out of the kitchen and into the stairwell, Mr. Nigro said.“Fire travels up,” Mr. Nigro said. “The stairway acted like a chimney.”The passageway filled with smoke and flames, blocking some people from running downstairs and killing others who tried. When firefighters arrived, about three minutes after the first 911 calls, as many as 20 people were scurrying down the fire escape, Mr […]