Bronx Fire Victims: A Tribute to Those Who Died

Bronx Fire Victims: A Tribute to Those Who Died

Getty The outside of 2363 Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.

The FDNY says that 12 people have been killed, including five children, after a blaze ripped through a Bronx apartment building on the night of December 28. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a press conference that the fire was started when a 3-year-old boy, who had a history of playing with stoves, turned on the fire burner. The boy’s mother escaped from their first floor apartment with the 3-year-old and another 2-year-old who was in the apartment. Commissioner Nigro said that because the woman had left her door open, the fire spread quickly through the building up the exposed staircase.

The building is located close to the Bronx Zoo on Prospect Avenue near East 187 Street. Mayor Bill De Blasio referred to the fire as an “unspeakable tragedy.”

Of the 12 people who were killed, there are seven women and five men. Over 170 firefighters battled the worst fire tragedy in New York City in 25 years. If you are concerned about the well-being of a loved one, please call 311 or if you are outside of the New York City, call 212-639-9675.

These are the victims we know so far:


The Francis/Stewart Family

Karen Francis Facebook page

Facebook/Karen FrancisKaren Francis pictured on her Facebook page.

A woman named Elain Williams, told the New York Post that her two nieces, Kylie, 2, and Kelesha, 7, had died in the fire along with their mother, Karen, who is Williams’ sister. Williams also lost her daughter, Shawntay Young, 19. The New York Times reports that the family is of Jamaican origin and that 13 of them lived in the same building. Ambrozia Stewart, who is Karen’s mother, told the Times, “I don’t know what to do and I don’t know how to feel. I need somebody to tell me what to feel. Where do I go from here? Four at one time — what do I do?”

Kylie Francis fUNERAL

Screengrab via ABC New York

Karen Stewart’s husband, Holt Francis, is in a coma at Jacobi Medical Center, reports the Times. That report adds that the family moved into the apartment in late 2016. The same article says that Ambrozia Stewart emigrated from Jamaica in the 1980s and that in 2004, 19 of her family followed.

Kelesha Francis Photos pictures

Facebook/Karen Francis

Shawntay Young Facebook page

Facebook/Shawntay Young

According to Shawntay Young’s Facebook page, she was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. In her intro section, Young says she is “19 and humble.” The New York Times says that Young lived in a basement apartment in the building.

Facebook Godd Dripp

Facebook/Godd Dripp

One friend, Nicole Brooks, paid a tragic tribute to Young on Facebook writing, “Just a day ago I was on ft with you I don’t know how to feel words can’t explain how I miss this girl already my cousin is no longer here never thought I would be saying this she was like my sister I tell her everything now I can’t this is breaking my heart we had plans to see each other soon now I can’t but I’ll see you soon I’ll keep holding it down for you I’ll never move on from this.”

Young’s mother told the New York Post that her daughter was upstairs in Karen Stewart’s home when the fire started.


Maria Batiz

Christine Bartiz Go Fund Me page

Go Fund Me Maria Bartiz pictured with her granddaughter and daughter.

ABC New York reports that Maria Batiz who was 56 years old was one of those killed. The station adds that Batiz’s granddaughter, Amora Vidal, who was 8 months old, has also perished. The pair were found together in the bathtub of a studio apartment. The baby’s mother, Batiz’s daughter, Christine, was injured and remains in New York City hospital. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family through this difficult time.

Fernando Batiz told the New York Post, “I’m in shock. I feel, like numb… I’m just number right now. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to do.” He added that his sister was a “great, great person…she was a fun person, a happy person… loved the baby… caring.”

Speaking to the Daily News, Fernando Batiz’s said that his sister screamed, “We’re going to die in here!” in a phone call with her daughter as the fire took hold. He continued, “My niece was telling her, ‘Get out! What are you doing?’ I guess (Maria) was hysterical, and she got trapped. She was scared. She said, ‘We’re going to die in here! She was frantic. I guess the smoke overcame her.”


Emmanuel Mensah

New York 1’s Myles Miller was the first to report that Emmanuel Mensah, 28, was killed after his father reported him missing after the fire. Mensah’s father, Kwabena, told the Daily News that his son had “came home from the Army about a week ago for the holidays.” He was 28 years old. Kwabena continued, “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.”

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JOHN MAYOR

S.O.T.A. MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, AND COALITION
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I propose the following solution, re the creation of more efficient and effective Multiunit Constructions…
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A “STATE OF THE ART MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION” is to be built within every country in the world!… and, to become a part of what is to be called a “S.O.T.A. MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT” and a “S.O.T.A. MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS COALITION”!… that will be used to test “STATE OF THE ART”/ S.O.T.A. MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION designs, materials, and safety failsafeguards! However!… NO PEOPLE WILL EVER LIVE WITHIN THESE RESPECTIVE MULTIUNIT DESIGNS WHILE IN PROJECT PHASE!… EXCEPT, FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES, AND FOR THE DURATION OF THE RESEARCH APPLICATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED!
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During the evolution of the construction of the initial SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, should a foundational design/ method be found that/ which is more SOTA than the design/ method that composed the initial SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, then the initial construction is to be immediately halted, the remaining intended design features be shelved, and the building be sold (AS IS… AND, WITHOUT ANY FURTHER PARTICIPATION BY WAY OF THE RESPECTIVE SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MEMBERS!), and used for another purpose!… and, the new experimental SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION is to be built from scratch in its place– FORTHWITH!– from the monies collected from the sale of the first construction (and, from the “SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TRUST FUND” used for the Project!), and which will include all of the design specifications that went into the initial draft (minus, the ones to be replaced… and in addition to any new design elements that/ which have been amassed during the sale and start of the newly drafted construction!)! And, this “redesign behavior” shall be repeated AD INFINITUM!… i.e., until such time, as the respective SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT within a given country, is ended! In other words, a SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION is to include newly added SOTA construction design features on a continuous basis!… from the foundation up!… and, will continue to evolve– WITHOUT EXCEPTION, AND WITHOUT INTERRUPTION! And!… and as has been indicated!… if a newer foundational construction method is found, then the building is to be completely redone, as soon as is possible!
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Every conceivable SOTA material is to be incorporated!… WITHOUT EXCEPTION! And for example a) new materials for drywall; b) new materials for screws and nails (if such, are even to continue to be included; c) new material for glass (if windows, for example, are to continue to be made of glass!); d) solar panels; e) cement material (or, its abandonment!); f) electrical wiring; g) fibre optic cabling; h) elevator designs (and possibly pneumatic, or superconducting!); i) unit modularity (i.e., the ability to remake a unit’s internal configuration!); j) external windspeed resistance parameters; and etc., and etc.!
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Further, ANY ELEMENT that the members of the SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT scientifically determine is less than SOTA, then the element in question is to be immediately replaced… or, due to the impracticality of doing so, THE ENTIRE CONSTRUCTION IS TO BE AGAIN RESOLD AND THE CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ANEW!… and even if the design element be a TYPE OF NAIL! In other words, the SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT… as will be the case with all of the other SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS found within all participating countries around the world!… is to include (minute by minute, hour by hour, week by week, month by month, year by year, decade by decade, and– if possible!– generation by generation!) THE MOST ADVANCED FEATURES IN MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION EVER IMPLEMENTED BY THE MIND OF MAN! And, NO ELEMENT!… W-H-A-T-S-O-E-V-E-R!… IS TO BE LEFT UNADDRESSED AND UNACCOUNTED FOR! And no “NON-SOTA ELEMENT” is to be brought back into the SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, unless the element has been SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to be, IN FACT, SOTA!… and, in that event, the initial reasons for the removal of the previously discarded element, MUST BE FULLY EXPLAINED, AND THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR ITS REMOVAL COMPARED WITH THE NEW DATA FOR ITS “REINCORPORATION”!
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To conclude… these respective SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, and the collective SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS are “CONTINUOUS WORKS IN PROGRESS”!… and, their respective and collective elements comprise the most thoroughly researched elements ever documented, and form the basis of respective unique “SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DATABASES”, and a collective unique “SOTA MULTIUNIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS COALITION DATABASE”, that will provide any commercial builder or interested urban designer, with the most advanced set of statistics and data that any commercial builder or other interested stakeholder, could ever hope to want, or have!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR

Paul!… for future reference!… children belong to the classification, PEOPLE! Therefore, 17 people died in this fire!… NOT 12!… and apart from those who are critically injured, who may– God have mercy!– be included on the list of those killed, at a later date!
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h-t-t-p-s://www(dot)etymonline(dot)com/word/people
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Young Christian's mother

[12/29, 22:52] young Christian’s mother ;—America is the only hope for Christians all over the world. ,
So please pray for the peace of America,,,
[12/29, 22:55] Frank: JESUS CHRIST is the only hope for Christians.not a country and not a human.

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