Yonkers displaced resident talks about what she believes started the four-alarm fire on Stanley Avenue.
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YONKERS — Fireworks possibly ignited the Saturday night blaze that destroyed a three-story apartment building on Stanley Avenue, left six families displaced and injured 12 city firefighters, a fire department official said Sunday morning.
More than 100 firefighters converged on the neighborhood of 115 Stanley Ave. after 9:30 p.m. The flames reportedly ate through the roof, forcing the evacuation of people living in six apartments.
Yonkers Deputy Chief Joseph Cintrone said the “building is a total loss,” and “might have to be torn down.”
The aftermath at the scene of a 4-alarm fire at 115 Stanley Avenue in Yonkers, June 21, 2020. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)
No civilians were injured in the blaze, though 13 firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries battling the blaze, Cintrone said.
The cause of the four-alarm fire remains under investigation, he said, adding the response involved mutual aid from neighboring departments.
Cintrone said the fire was “possibly started by fireworks and poor housekeeping outside.”
A fire engine on “fire watch” at the scene of a 4-alarm fire at 115 Stanley Avenue in Yonkers, June 21, 2020. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)
“There was lots of rubbish in the backyard and might have caught fire by fireworks,” he said.
The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the families who were displaced from the brick building.
Red Cross volunteers, working with the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management spoke with tenants by telephone to assess their needs and in-person to arrange assistance and housing, said Carolyn Sherwin, a volunteer for the Red Cross.
Sherwin said the agency worked with 12 adults and four children displaced by the fire. She said the coronavirus pandemic established protocols followed by the emergency management officials and the Red Cross.
She said the families lost everything in the fire.
“We were able to provide emotional support, financial assistance for lodging and referrals, and casework,” she said. “We have an excellent system with OEM.”
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