The mother and infant daughter were killed after flames tore through a house in a quick-moving overnight fire in Mount Vernon early Sunday morning have been identified.
Nina Bryant, who was in her early 30s, and her daughter, Nadia Bryant, age 17 months, sustained fatal injuries, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said early Sunday afternoon.
One other individual was transported to Montefiore Hospital–Mount Vernon with non-life threatening injuries, Thomas said. Eight other individuals lived in the residence and none of them reported any injuries.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a fire at 31 South 13th Ave. in Mount Vernon.Firefighters arriving at the scene found the entire second floor engulfed with the fire spreading quickly, Thomas said.
“The entire City of Mount Vernon stands with this family in their time of pain and grief," Thomas said. "The devastating loss of a young mother and child is something no one should ever have to bear.
"Our prayers are with the survivors and we extend them our deepest condolences and commitment to assist during this difficult moment. This tragedy impacts all of us and serves as a reminder that fire safety is imperative. We offer our gratitude to our bravest first responders for their tireless efforts.”
The Mount Vernon Fire Department was assisted by the New Rochelle, Pelham, and Eastchester Fire Department. Over 35 firefighters responded to the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“This is a type of tragedy that every firefighter fears," Mount Vernon Fire Commissioner Theodore “Ted” Beale said. "We urge all families to check their smoke detectors twice a year and to make a safety plan with their loved ones. Remember – if you smell smoke, evacuate your home immediately. Stay low to the ground and call 911.”
City Council President Roberta Apuzzo said, “Our hearts go out to the Bryant family and we want to thank our Fire Department for the hard work and effort they put into fighting this fire.”
The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church and is assisting the displaced residents.