NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove started a fire in a New York City apartment building that killed 12 people, including four children, city officials said on Friday.

The child had a history of fiddling with the stove in his family’s first-floor apartment, his mother told officials investigating the deadliest fire in the city since 1990.

A little before 7 p.m. (midnight GMT) on Thursday, the child, who had been left unattended in the kitchen, started screaming as it filled with

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