Fire on the 20th Floor — A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Firefighters fought a four-alarm blaze at my daughter’s building in midtown Manhattan. The blaze, caused by an e-bike’s lithium-ion battery, engulfed the 20th floor. Nearly 40 people were injured, and 7 were critically harmed. The water and smoke damage displaced numerous families. Some ceilings collapsed, and toxic fumes filled the building. Elderly tenants could not climb 34 flights of stairs to…



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Alexis Azria

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