Soldier killed while saving people from burning building to have street named after him

BELMONT, the Bronx (WPIX) -- A street in the Belmont section of the Bronx will be named after the serviceman who died while saving others in the deadly Bronx fire in December, Council Member Ritchie Torres announced Monday.

Private Emmanuel Mensah, 28, was visiting home for the holidays when the blaze broke out at 2363 Prospect Ave on Dec. 28th. The fire was started by a toddler playing with a stove in a first floor apartment and quickly spread up the stairs. 13 people were killed, making it the deadliest fire in New York City in more than 25 years.

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Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Windows of burned apartments are seen after a fire in a building in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx in New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx in New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People react near the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx in New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx in New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx in New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People react near the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Evacuees wear blankets as they stand after a fire at an apartment building in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers stand guard during an evacuation following a fire at an apartment building in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S. December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire in Bronx, New York, U.S., December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
THE BRONX, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/12/29: Aftermath of burnt building on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx where 12 people died including 4 children, in aftermath of New York's deadliest fire in decades. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
THE BRONX, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/12/29: Aftermath of burnt building on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx where 12 people died including 4 children, in aftermath of New York's deadliest fire in decades. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Police stand near the scene of a deadly in the Bronx on December 29, 2017 in New York City. At least 12 people, including at least four children were killed in the early evening blaze which officials believe was started by a child playing with the stove. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: A police officer stands near the scene of a deadly in the Bronx on December 29, 2017 in New York City. At least 12 people, including at least four children were killed in the early evening blaze which officials believe was started by a child playing with the stove. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Members of a family who had to evacuate their apartment following a deadly fire walk near the scene the day after in the Bronx on December 29, 2017 in New York City. At least 12 people, including at least four children were killed in the blaze which officials believe was started by a child playing with the stove. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Fire Department of New York personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire on December 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire Department of New York personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire on December 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire Department of New York personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire on December 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A NYPD officer walks on the scene of an apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City on December 29, 2017. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Police Department officers work on the scene of an apartment fire on December 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A NYPD officer walks on the scene of an apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City on December 29, 2017. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
The outside of an apartment where a fire took place is seen in the Bronx borough of New York City on December 29, 2017. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire Department of New York personnel work on the scene of an apartment fire on December 29, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Officials said Friday that the death toll from the fire has reached 12, including four children. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28:Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Firefighters leave after putting out a major house fire on Prospect avenue on December 28, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Over 170 firefighters respond to the evening fire in which at least 12 persons were killed with others injured. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
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“The stairway acted like a chimney. It took the fire so quickly up stairs, people had very little time to react. They couldn’t get back down the stairs. Those that tried, a few of them, perished," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Emmanuel's father, Kwabena Mensah, said his son was found dead in an apartment other than his own as he was trying to save others from the flames.

"That's his nature. That's how he is," he said.

 

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