NEW YORK - The death toll was expected to rise in the horrifying building fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people including eight children. More than a dozen people remained in critical condition Monday as doctors raced to try to save their lives.
"All of the proceeds collected will go directly to the family members involved," said Adams during FOX 5 NY morning program, ‘Good Day New York.’ "We have a real response from community-based organizations."
Injuries from the fire include 32 people with life-threatening injuries, 9 people in serious condition, and 22 people with non-life-threatening injuries, but the ultimate death toll could be the worst the city has seen since the Happy Land fire in 1990 that killed 87 people.
"Office of Emergency Management has coordinated with the Red Cross. Everyone that needed shelter, currently, they have the shelter that they need. We are going to make sure we give emotional support to the children, the schools and the community," said Adams.
Some people could not escape because of the volume of smoke, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Others became incapacitated as they tried to get out. Firefighters found victims on every floor, many in cardiac and respiratory arrest, said Nigro.
Many of the victims were members of the Gambian American community. The Gambian Youth Organization set up a GoFundMe to help support the victims.
As of Tuesday morning, $735,631 was raised.
An investigation was underway to determine how the fire spread and whether anything could have been done to prevent or contain the blaze.
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.
With The Associated Press.