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Were Anti-COVID Measures Responsible for 17 Deaths in a January NYC Apartment Fire?


Someone sent this in one of my group chats, and it blew my mind that an admission of this magnitude received mainstream coverage.

In January, an apartment fire in the Bronx killed 17 individuals, including eight children.

The New York Post reported:

The space heater suspected of sparking Sunday’s deadly Bronx apartment building blaze had been left on for several days, FDNY sources said Tuesday.

The apartment where the fire started, killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens more, also had several space heaters, sources said.

Authorities have said the horrific blaze at 333 E. 181st St. originated with a space heater in unit 3N, sending deadly billowing smoke throughout the 19-story high-rise.

Mamadou Wague, the dad of the family in the apartment, denied to The Post on Tuesday that any of their space heaters had been left on so long, saying they were only turned on at night.

“No, not many days. Nighttime,” he said. “When we wake up, everybody goes out of the room, and we turn off the heaters.”

“Sunday it was still on because we didn’t wake up,” he added. “We were still sleeping.”

An official investigation into the blaze is ongoing.

Firefighters first responded to the six-alarm blaze shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, with more than 200 firefighters dispatched.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Monday that smoke spewing out of a door left open in apartment 3N — and not flames — was responsible for the deaths and injuries.

A separate article from The Post stated at least 32 additional people sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Post also noted:

Engine 48 was the first team to respond to the fire but apparently was short-staffed because of the coronavirus.

“They only had four firefighters instead of the five they are called for because of people out sick because of COVID,” said the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association president Andrew Ansbro, calling the blaze the worst the city has seen since 9/11.

“We feel this is an absolute case where staffing would have made a difference.

“Several of the first engines were in the same situation. If there was adequate staffing, the fire could have been put out faster, and people would have received medical aid sooner,” he said.

FDNY officials denied the assertion, saying responding units were fully staffed at the time.

A resident told The Post that people might not have fled the building quickly enough because the fire alarm frequently goes off, so they may have thought it was just another false alarm this time, too.

“The fire alarm goes off in the hallway all the time, at least twice a week,” said the 18th-floor resident, who asked not to be named. “What do I do when I watch a movie? I put the volume up because it goes off all the time.

“I don’t know if it’s faulty or what it is. … People on the third, fourth, fifth and went about their day until they saw smoke,” he said of Sunday’s blaze.

Fire officials said they would be looking into the fire alarm system.

Based on past articles and eyewitness accounts, it appears the building had issues that needed to be addressed before the fire.

Another piece of information published today by the New York Post Editorial Board may provide a missing link to the puzzle.

Per The Post:

It turns out that extreme anti-COVID measures have a real, and deadly, cost. Such as the 17 lives lost (eight of them children) along with dozens injured in the January fire at the Twin Parks North West building in the Bronx.

The head of the fire inspectors’ union now says that building’s inspection was delayed because its inspector was reassigned to check restaurants’ COVID compliance.

That’s 17 dead, to satisfy the witless demands of the de Blasio-imposed public-health regime that did nothing for public health.

Yes, nothing: These rules had no effect on the city’s COVID outcomes during Omicron, Delta or at any other time. Cases surged, fell, and surged again at a complete disconnect from policy changes.And a glance out of state shows that Florida, with far fewer restrictions, saw a fatality rate during the Omicron peak lower than New York’s.

But all this theater had at least one measurable effect: It took 90 city fire inspectors, a fifth of the full force, away from their regular duties to make sure restaurants were checking vaccine cards and distributing masks. And so no inspector flagged the faulty fire doors at Twin Parks North West, which should have limited the deaths from flames and smoke.

Ignorant politicians, such as Bill de Blasio and Eric Adams, continue lying to their constituents about COVID-19 jab mandates saving lives.

In fact, the exact opposite is the case due to the reallocation of vital resources for authoritarian health policies.

Their actions are costing the lives of innocent Americans.

While public officials enacting anti-COVID policies deserve prison, I hope the victims’ families can at least sue the daylights out of New York City.


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