‘I never saw anything like this.’ 70-year-old woman dies in Somers apartment fire
A 70-year-old woman is dead after fire ripped through an apartment complex in Somers on Wednesday.
Fire officials say the call for help came around 4 p.m. in the West Hill section of Heritage Hills in Somers.
When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke and flames coming from a single-story condo unit. Nearly 20 fire departments were called upon for mutual aid.
After receiving reports from neighbors that two people were trapped, firefighters began a search of the residence. Due to heavy fire conditions, a thorough search of the residence was delayed.
The fire was brought under control at around 6 p.m. and was fully extinguished by 11 p.m.
The fire was contained to two residential units.
Once the flames were out, the victim, the sole occupant of a unit, was found dead. Her name has not been released.
"I think it's the worst disaster Heritage Hills has ever had, I'm living here 25 years, and I never saw anything like this," says Terry Clifford, president of Condo 19.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.