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Massive fire that killed 12 started by child playing with stove, causing ‘unprecedented’ loss

(ABC NEWS) Julia Jacobo, Morgan Winsor, Dec 29, 2017 — A massive apartment fire that killed at least 12 people — including a 1-year-old girl found with her mother in a bathtub — was sparked by a small child playing with a stove, city officials said.

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When the family fled the first-floor apartment unit, they left the door open, allowing the flames to spread into the stairwell and shoot up the staircase of the five-story residential building.

“It took the fire so quickly upstairs, people had little time to react,” New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press conference Friday morning. “Open stairs act as chimneys.”

The burned-out halls of the building are seen in video released by New York fire officials on Friday. Soot and ash cover the hallway and stairwell from floor to ceiling.

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