Management of Yonkers building destroyed by fire to meet with displaced residents

More than 100 people displaced by a fatal fire in Yonkers will have a chance to speak with the management team in charge of their destroyed building on Monday.

As News 12 previously reported, the March 15 fire claimed the life of 62-year-old Robert Reilly, who lived on the fifth floor, and destroyed dozens of homes inside the building located at 1 Hawley Terrace.

The building's management team is expected to hold a meeting Monday night at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Nepperhan Avenue.

One of the main topics in the meeting is expected to be how residents made it out alive because some residents have said that the smoke detectors in the building never went off.

Older buildings like the one on Hawley Terrace aren't required to have modern centralized alarm systems, but by law they are required to have a smoke detector in each unit and in the hallways.

Sources tell News 12 that in spite of the fact they were brand new, none of the alarms in the hallways on the fifth or sixth floor went off. 

Neighbors said they came to each other's apartments banging on doors and ringing doorbells to warn them about the fire.

Monday's meeting is also expected to address where the residents will go as News 12 was told some don't have insurance to help them pick up the pieces.

No official cause of the fire has been determined, although some residents tell News 12 that Reilly was a heavy smoker and a lit cigarette may have been the trigger.


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