Flames pour out of a Bronx apartment in a fire that killed at least 19 people on Sunday.
In all, more than five dozen people were hurt. Most of the victims had severe smoke inhalation, fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
Adams called the fire's toll "horrific" and said "this is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times."
Firefighters "found victims on every floor and were taking them out in cardiac and respiratory arrest," Nigro said. "That is unprecedented in our city."
Approximately 200 firefighters responded to the building on East 181st Street around 11 a.m. Sunday. Initial reports said the fire was on the third floor of the 19-story building, with flames blowing out the windows.
Editor's note: New York City Mayor Eric Adams revised the death toll down to 17 from the 19 that was reported on Sunday. The number of children killed was revised to 8.