Barely four minutes after the emergency call, around 200 firefighters arrived in three dozen vehicles at 5:30am (1030 GMT) at a three-floor, red-brick building close to the Bronx Zoo.
The Fire quickly spread through the four-story building in the Bronx Tuesday morning.
"None of [the wounded] suffered serious or life-threatening injuries.they will all be okay", Nigro said.
At least 16 people were injured after a major fire broke at an apartment building in New York's Bronx area today. Video from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from the building. The store is on the ground floor with apartments above.
At least 23 people are injured in a fire that breaks out in a building in the Bronx, New York City, on January 2, 2018.
She told the news station she was getting ready for work when she smelled smoke.
More than 160 firefighters were dispatched to fight the massive blaze.
The displaced residents were placed on an MTA bus so they could keep warm while firefighters continued battling the blaze.
"Our units arrived and were immediately faced with heavy fire".