Dozens of Bronx Fire Victims Buried on Sunday

Hundreds of mourners filled a mosque in the Bronx area of ​​New York City, United States (US) on Sunday (16/1) to offer funeral prayers and release those who died in a fire in an apartment last week. The incident killed 17 people, including six children. Most of the victims were from Gambia, West Africa.

Hundreds of other mourners gathered outside, peering through windows or watching television screens to pay their last respects to the victims of the worst fire incident to hit New York City in 30 years.

“A week ago they were still with us … now they have gone,” said Musa Kabba, the imam of Masjid-Ur-Rahmah. “Last week (the fire) happened, and today we are going to bury these families. It’s very hard (it feels).”

Eleven bodies will be buried in New Jersey, and four others will be taken to The Gambia to be interred there.

A few days ago, the bodies of two children were prayed at a mosque in Harlem and buried.

Authorities said the fire was sparked by a short-circuited heating on the third floor.

All of the victims fainted from inhaling thick smoke when they were about to descend the stairs and eventually died. [vm/rs]