Mothers and their children frantically scrambled down fire escapes to survive the inferno that consumed their Bronx homes.
A raging fire quickly swept through the five-story building on Prospect Ave. at E. 187th St. — taking with it 12 lives — including a one-year-old child.
The toddler’s final moments were spent in a bathtub, held by its mother, as they perished, sources told the Daily News.
Five people perished inside the 25-apartment building, and seven died at two hospitals, authorities said. Three of the other victims were children.
Four others were in critical condition at St. Barnabas Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center, officials said.
Twelve other people were rescued from the building, Mayor de Blasio said. Among the missing is a U.S. Army soldier.
More than 160 firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze near the Bronx Zoo. The inferno broke out at 6:51 p.m. on the first floor and quickly spread upward.
Firefighters responded in three minutes, after receiving more than a dozen 911 calls.
The investigation remains active and ongoing. The cause of the fire is to be determined by FDNY Fire Marshals.
Sources said the blaze may have been sparked by a space heater, but de Blasio said it was too early in the investigation to tell.