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Two killed, a dozen more injured in Bronx apartment fire

Two men were killed and nearly a dozen people injured after a fast-moving fire trapped several residents inside Bronx apartment building Monday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters carried at least two of those hurt from their burning homes shortly after the blaze erupted along Hoffman St. near E. 187th St. in Belmont around 1:30 a.m.

The fire started on the first floor and spread to the rest of the five-story building, according to a fire official.

Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich, of FDNY’s Manhattan Borough, said several of the residents, including the two who died, were trapped on the second floor during the “difficult” fire.

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He said firefighters “had to push the fire back” in a stairway before they could reach those trapped by the flames.

Many of the residents were trapped on the second floor of this Belmont apartment building. 

(Vic Nicastro/ for New York Daily News)

Eight residents, including a 7-year-old girl, were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center after suffering serious burns and smoke inhalation, police said. One of victims, a woman, is in critical condition.

Three firefighters were injured while tackling the blaze, but are expected to recover.

Residents who managed to escape their apartments took shelter in their cars to keep warm as smoke-eaters extinguished the inferno. 

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