Flames torch Yonkers apartment building on Valentine Lane

Ten people are now homeless after a fire broke out on the top floor of 199 Valentine Ln. (11/7/13)

YONKERS - Nearly a dozen people living in an apartment building in Yonkers are waking up someplace else this morning after a fire damaged their homes.

According to officials, the fire broke out at around 7 p.m. Wednesday on the top floor of 199 Valentine Lane where no one had been home all day.

People living on the second floor called 911 after they heard glass breaking and saw the flames.

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Luckily everyone got out of the building safely, although one firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Ten people were living in the second- and third-floor units. A doctor's office occupies the first floor.

Emergency crews were able to knock down the fire quickly but they say it wasn't easy. "We had a lot of fire showing upon arrival it was blowing out two of the windows, the guys worked their way through, made it up, it was very smoky, very hot. There was small access to the apartment so it was tough to get to," says Yonkers Assistant Fire Chief David Dronzek.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire or when the people living there will be able to go back home.

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