(Trends Wide) — Some residents of the Bronx residential building where a fire killed 17 people on Sunday may return to top-floor apartments, New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) told Trends Wide on Tuesday.
“Some residents can now relocate apartments on the upper floors,” spokeswoman Ines Bebea said. “The process is ongoing and evolving.”
The agency was unable to provide a timeline for when or how many people will re-enter the building, as building management is notifying residents on an individual basis and “is not rushing people back to their apartments,” Bebea said. .
Records from the New York City Department of Buildings show the building is listed with a partial vacate order on Tuesday after a structural stability inspection was conducted Monday.
Bronx fire victims died from smoke inhalation
The 17 people who died in the fire in the Bronx, New York on Sunday, died of smoke inhalation according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City (OCME).
The manner of his death was an accident according to OCME Director of Public Affairs Julie Bolcer.
The fire sent 32 people to hospitals with life-threatening conditions, New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday. Adams specified that a total of 63 people were injured.
Some of the deceased have been identified and their remains have been delivered to funeral homes. The names of the victims have not yet been released, but Bolcer said the names are likely to be shared publicly once the rest are identified, Bolcer said Tuesday.
Many of the IDs are confirmed remotely according to Bolcer, who noted that the process is not unique to this incident.
“Wherever possible, our office strives to implement innovations to ease the burden on bereaved families, and that includes the ability to confirm identifications remotely using photos, fingerprints, dental records, or DNA, as the situation requires. instead of having closer relatives come to the office,” Bolcer said in an email to Trends Wide.