New York City police have identified the remaining seven victims of a fast-moving fire in the Bronx that left 12 people dead on Thursday night. In a statement released Saturday, authorities said 7-month-old Amora Batiz had perished in the blaze, in addition to two other children whose deaths were previously reported, 2-year-old Kylie Francis and 7-year-old Charmela Francis. Emmanuel Mensah, a 28-year-old soldier, was also named as one of the dead. Mensah had reportedly rescued several people before going back into the fiery building to try to save more. Gabriel Yaw Sarkookie, 48; Justice Opoku, 54; Solomon Donkor, 49; William Donkor; and 17-year-old Hannah Donkor were also among the victims. Shantay Young, 19; Karen Francis, 37; and Maria Batiz, 58, were earlier reported dead in the fire, the worst the city has seen in decades. Authorities say a toddler playing with the stove in his first-floor apartment sparked the flames, which rapidly spread through the five-story building “like a chimney” after his family left the front door open.
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