During Tuesday night’s candlelight vigil for the victims of the deadly Bronx building inferno that killed 17, New York Attorney General Letitia James vowed to investigate the matter deeply.
While officials have blamed the fire on a malfunctioning space heater inside a duplex on the 3rd-floor of the 19-story building along with two faulty doors that didn’t function automatically, James said, “I will also use the law both as a sword and as a shield to get to the bottom of this fire. There’s a lesson to be learned about the neglect of government … and there’s a lesson to be learned about why this continues to happen in this corner of the Bronx.”
James spoke to the crowd of mourners outside of 333 E. 181st St. where New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson were also present.
Apart from the 17 casualties, a cab driver spoke to the media on Tuesday, stating that his wife and four children are all in induced comas after the family’s apartment was inundated with smoke during the Sunday fire. More lives could still be lost, with officials saying Tuesday that 35 of the 72 people who were hurt in the blaze suffered life-threatening injuries.