Twin Parks community, family members rally to demand better building safety measures

Community leaders and neighbors rallied for justice Thursday for the families of the Twin Parks Fire.

The devastation of the fire is a feeling the Bronx is familiar with. In 2017, a fire tore through a building in Belmont and killed 12 people. Last weekend, 17 people died at Fordham. Both buildings housed immigrant families. Now the community is calling again for justice and change.

African immigrants, Hispanic community leaders and family members demanded justice, answers and immediate support for the victims of the Twin Parks fire.

They demand that we do more to protect the inhabitants.

After the Belmont fire, safety measures were put in place to try to prevent a deadly fire of this magnitude from happening again.

One of these changes was a mandate adopted by the city council for self-closing doors. These failed in the Twin Parks fire.

Mayor Eric Adams said via Twitter, “No one affected by the Bronx Fire is being asked to leave their hotel urgently.”

Adam says families who can access their homes have the flexibility to return if they wish, and hotel rooms are still available if needed.

A memorial lines the fence just below the Twin Parks Northwest apartment building full of flowers, faces and lights in memory of the 17 victims. Families, friends and students of PS 391 visited the site to pay tribute to the deceased.

The school also provides guidance to students as they deal with the tragedy.

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