News 12 reflects on the Twin Parks fire tragedy and remembers the 17 people who lost their lives in the fire.  We also look forward to what’s being done to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. 

Twin Parks Tragedy: Watch the Complete Special

Remembering the Lost

Carmen Grant shows how the tragic deaths from the Twin Parks fire have devastated the close-knit local Muslim community. 

A memorial for the victims of an apartment building fire is displayed in front of the building in the Bronx, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Painful Memories

The Twin Parks fire has sparked difficult memories of past fires in the Bronx. Kurt Semder examines tragic fires from the past. 

A Heroic Effort

Jericho Tran speaks with doctors at Jacobi Medical Center who sprang into action upon receiving injured patients from the fire. 

People hug after viewing a memorial for the victims of an apartment building fire near the site of the fire in the Bronx Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Answering the Call

In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, the Bronx community has banded together to help those in need. Dan Serafin speaks to residents volunteering time and donating goods for families. 

"Follow Me"

Despite smoke and flames closing in around him, one man made sure a 3-year-old girl got out of Twin Parks alive. He tells Asha McKenzie that out of the tragedy, he has a new family. 

Firefighters work at the scene of the fire. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

"She brought this brightness to the classroom"

Lehman College student Sera Janneh died in the Twin Parks fire. One of her professors tells Anthony Carlo that Sera still had so much to offer the world. 

Interview: Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson

Borough President Vanessa Gibson speaks with Amanda Bossard about community relief efforts in the fire's wake. 

People hold candles during the candlelight vigil outside the Twin Parks apartment building (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Portable space heaters caused nearly 2,000 fires per year. Here’s how to stay safe.

Walt Kane shows you how you can stay safe with space heaters during winter. 

Originally aired Jan. 10, 2022

Interview: FDNY captain on space heater safety

FDNY Captain Michael Kozo speaks with Phil Taitt and delivers vital information aboutstaying safe while using a space heater. 


Project Credits

Amanda Bossard: Anchor, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Anthony Carlo: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Heidi Clorofilla: Producer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Samantha Damiani: Director, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Melissa De Jesus: Executive Producer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Anthony DelMundo: Videographer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

James DiGregorio: Lead Network Designer

Faith Graham: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Carmen Grant: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Audrey Gruber: Vice President, Altice News

Cecilia Hua: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Jony Hurtado: Videographer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Walt Kane: Investigative Reporter, News 12 Networks

Stan Kowalski: News Director, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Asha McKenzie: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Justine Miller: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Elly Morillo: Real Time Editor

Chade Newton: Graphic Artist

Frank Pokorney: Assistant News Director, News 12 Digital

Amelia Rawlins: Real Time Editor

Aime Rodriguez: Managing Editor, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Brooke Rothenberg: Assistant News Director, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Jose Sanchez: Videographer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Kurt Semder: Anchor/Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Dan Serafin: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Phil Taitt: Anchor, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Greg Thompson: Reporter/Videographer, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Jericho Tran: Reporter, News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn

Chris Vaccaro: Vice President, News 12 Digital