6 firefighters injured in Yonkers blaze

A house under construction went up in flames overnight in Yonkers, and the intensity of the flames threatened a group home next door. Fire officials say the blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. at a house

News 12 Staff

Jan 2, 2015, 12:11 AM

Updated 3,431 days ago

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6 firefighters injured in Yonkers blaze
A house under construction went up in flames overnight in Yonkers, and the intensity of the flames threatened a group home next door.
Fire officials say the blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. at a house on Inverness Road, and they arrived to find flames shooting from the roof. Crews say they couldn't initially get close to the house because of the fire's intensity.
They began to become more concerned as embers from the fire began to fly over the two homes on either side. One of them, a group home for developmentally disabled people, had to be evacuated. Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer, who happens to live across the street, stepped in and helped get six residents and two employees to safety. "We have a very successful group home across from my house for many, many years, and the firefighters brought the residents out and now they are inside our house and doing well," says Mayer.
Mayer later told News 12 that all the residents have since been let back into their home. The assistant fire chief says the group home has minimal damage, only suffering some melted siding.
Over 65 firefighters eventually put out the flames. Six were injured in the three-alarm blaze. All were taken to the hospital but have since been released.
Fire investigators are still on the scene. No cause has been released yet.


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