Deadly Yonkers building fire began in victim’s apartment

Investigators confirm that a deadly Yonkers building fire started in the home of the sole victim last Wednesday.



The fire at 1 Hawley Terrace killed 62-year-old resident Robert Reilly and displaced dozens of others.



Yonkers Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick says they haven't determined the cause of the fire due to extensive fire and water damage.



Fitzpatrick also said that while individual occupants are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke alarms inside their apartments, the alarms in the common hallways of the five-story building worked exactly as they were supposed to on the morning of the fire. He said the alarms were tested the day after the fire and were in working order.



Fire investigators tell News 12 that the residents who were stopped from going inside the building to claim their belongings will be allowed back inside this week.



 


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