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Emergency first responders remain at the scene after an intense fire at a 19-story residential building erupted on Jan. 9. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

A fire in a 19-story Bronx apartment building killed 17 people, including eight children, Mayor Eric Adams said in a briefing Monday.

The latest: The fire was caused by a "malfunctioning electric space heater" in a two-floor unit of the building, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a press briefing Sunday evening.

  • The fire "consumed" the apartment, Nigro said, adding that because the apartment's door had been left open, smoke from the blaze spread throughout the building.

Driving the news: The blaze left more than 60 people injured and 32 in "life-threatening condition" due to smoke inhalation, according to Adams.

  • The fire began around 11 a.m. in the unit, which is on the second and third floors of the residential building, Nigro said at a news briefing. Crews arrived at the building within 3 minutes of getting a call. About 200 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

What they're saying: "The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of pain and despair in our city," Adams said at a news conference Sunday.

  • "The numbers are horrific," Adams said. "This is going to be one of the worst fires that we have witnessed during modern times."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new information from Adams, who revised the death toll from 19 to 17.

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San Francisco skyscraper is tilting 3 inches per year

Photo: Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Engineers are working to stabilize a luxury San Francisco apartment building that is tilting about three inches per year, the AP reports.

Why it matters: At the current rate, the 58-story, 419-unit Millennium Tower is on track to reach a 40-inch tilt in a few years, which could render elevators and plumbing unusable, according to AP.

Europe's energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin

Photo: Pavel Bednyakov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.

Why the Fed might want to jolt the markets

Fed chair Jerome Powell at a hearing earlier this month. Photo: Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

So far, financial markets are cooperating nicely with the Federal Reserve's efforts to restrain inflation. They're doing the Fed's work for it by creating tighter financial conditions, in a distinctly non-panicky way.

  • But as the central bank's policymakers meet this week, an underlying question they face is whether the adjustment is happening too slowly.

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