Structural fires like the one that took place on Sunday, which killed 17 people in a Bronx apartment complex, overwhelmingly take place in community districts where the majority of residents are Black or Hispanic, an analysis of New York City fire incident dispatch data shows.

Among the dead in Sunday’s West Bronx blaze were eight children, city officials said, and many of those who died were West African immigrants. The building —Twin Parks North West — had become a hub for Gambian immigrants.

In the districts with the ten highest number of recorded fires from May 5, 2020, until May 5, 2021, the latest date included in the FDNY data, the majority of the residents in all of the districts were Black or Hispanic, and half of these districts had significant immigrant populations that hovered above the city average, data shows.

Structural fires like the one that took place on Sunday, which killed 17 people in a Bronx apartment complex, overwhelmingly take place in community districts where the majority of residents are Black or Hispanic, an analysis of New York City fire incident dispatch data shows.

Among the dead in Sunday’s […]

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