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Horrifying news is coming out of the Big Apple, where the death toll is expected to rise after 12 have already been killed.

USA Today is reporting that a massive fire in the Bronx has ripped through a five-story building that’s over 100 years old overnight, killing over a dozen people and causing firefighters to stumble upon one of the saddest scenes ever. More than 170 brave firemen responded to the scene to battle both the freezing cold temperatures and huge blaze at the building just around the corner from the Bronx Zoo.

Fire commissioner Daniel Nigro called the blaze “historic in its nature” and expressed his condolences for those who lost loved ones during this holiday season.

“Our hearts go out to every person who lost a loved one here and everyone who is fighting for their lives,” he said.

The inferno broke out on the first floor of the 25-apartment building around 6:51 p.m. on Thursday evening, the rapidly spread upward, the New York Daily News reported. Despite the fact fire crews were on scene within three minutes of the five-alarm call, at least 12 people have perished thus far, with more deaths expected to follow.

“We may lose others as well,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Among the dead are four children, one of whom was found by firefighters upon entering a bathroom. The young child was firmly in its mother’s grasp, and she had perished as well.

A raging fire quickly swept through the five-story building on Prospect Ave. at E. 187th St. — taking with it 12 lives — including a 1-year-old child.

The toddler’s final moments were spent in a bathtub, held by its mother, as they perished, sources told the Daily News.

Heartbreak was etched of the faces of firefighters and medics who tried in vain to save the victims.

Also among the missing is a U.S. Army soldier.

Kwabena Mensah, 62, said his 28-year-old son, Emmanuel, was home for the holidays. Mensah said his son’s roommate last saw him when the fire broke out on the third floor.

“He was telling the roommate to not come out of the apartment because there was smoke. But when they rescued everyone from the windows, we couldn’t find him. I went to four hospitals, I can’t find him,” Mensah told The News.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities believe that a space heater may have started the deadliest blaze since the inferno at the Happy Land social club killed 87 people in 1990.

“It’s such a tragedy because they lost so many family members Brian Whittaker, who had friend that lived in the building, explained. “The rest of the family is upstairs in the back. They keep passing out and crying. The father is burnt up real bad.”

Whittaker’s friend remains in a coma at the Jacobi Medical Center. The man’s daughter and three nieces were killed in the blaze.

“They were on the fifth floor so they weren’t able to make it. Who knows how intense the heat was? I saw it on the news and got a call from a bunch of friends. We came over here around midnight and been here since.”

Please keep everyone involved in this unspeakable tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

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