The blaze, believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning space heater, started shortly before 11 a.m. on Dec. 9 at a 19-story, 120-unit building on East 181st Street.
In addition to the 19 people who died in the fire at the Twin Parks North West complex, 32 people were hospitalized, several in critical condition.
New York Mayor Eric Adams said: “This is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times.”
Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, appealed for prayers in a Jan. 9 message to members of the Jesuit university of New York.
He said: “This is obviously a terrible tragedy for our Bronx neighbors. In the coming days we will decide how best to support the victims, their families, and the community. In the interim, I know you join me in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.”
The New York State Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, issued a similar appeal on Sunday.
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