A massive fire at a livelihood aid facility in New York on Tuesday killed one resident and injured several others, according to fire officials. The fate of one of the firefighters was not known until Tuesday morning.
Police said the fire at Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley, about 30 miles north of New York City, began around 1am. When the firefighters arrived, the building was already on fire, and the responders began evacuating the residents.
About 20 residents and two firefighters were taken to area hospitals, Christopher Kerr, a Rockland County firefighting officer, said. He said that one resident was declared dead in the hospital and several others were seriously injured. One of the firefighters has been released.
Kerr said the missing firefighter went to the third floor to rescue someone and was “lost in the circumstances.”
About 120 people live in the house, but officials are still trying to find out how many people were in the facility at the time the fire broke out.
Kerr added that the building was a complete loss.
He said it was too early to comment on the cause of the fire.
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at Video taken at the scene of the accidentFirefighters can be heard screaming “help” and “support” as they watch a portion of the fire-engulfed building collapse. A video clip also shows Rockland Hatzulu emergency medical personnel at the scene, providing relief to the victims.
Amidst the fire, some residents were evacuated by bus to an off-site facility afterwards Volunteers From Chaverim of Rockland, another group of EMS, they made them “safe and out of harm’s way.” According to the nursing home website, the facility has 200 beds.
Caroline Radnowski Contributed.