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The recent deadly fires in the Bronx and Philadelphia have placed a spotlight on racial and economic disparities in urban housing and mounting fire-prone risks caused by them.

A child playing with a lighter near a Christmas tree may have caused this week's deadly fire at a rowhouse in Philadelphia that killed 12 people, including eight children, according to a search warrant for the property.

The North Carolina teen is being called a hero for his bravery and quick thinking.