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YONKERS – People jumped onto lower balconies and were rescued when a four-alarm fire forced families to flee a 27-story apartment building on Wednesday night.

It is believed that a faulty electrical baseboard heater started the fire on Glenwood Ave. 1 around 6:10 p.m., said Yonkers' deputy fire chief Joseph Citrone.

Every firefighter in town had to respond to the Seven Pines Tower, he said. They used a ladder to rescue three residents, he said, and a family jumped from a 19th-floor balcony to an 18th-floor balcony to escape the smoke.

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Yonkers firefighters tackled an apartment fire during the 4-alarm blaze in a high-rise building at 1 Glenwood Avenue in the city on Jan. 6, 2021. Numerous Empress ambulances and Yonkers police responded to the scene because reports were high in town was the building that reported the fire scanner needed assistance. (Photo: Mark Vergari / The Journal News)

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The fire started in an apartment on the third floor.

"When the resident fled, the apartment door didn't close and the fire spread across the hallway, creating a blowtorch effect that required numerous businesses to put out," said Citrone.

"Heavy smoke poured through the entire building and led to numerous rescues and calls for help."

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Yonkers firefighters tackled an apartment fire during the 4-alarm blaze in a high-rise building at 1 Glenwood Avenue in the city on Jan. 6, 2021. Numerous Empress ambulances and Yonkers police responded to the scene because reports were high in town was the building that reported the fire scanner needed assistance. (Photo: Mark Vergari / The Journal News)

Firefighters put out the fire in about an hour and then spent another four hours checking all the apartments and dealing with the smoking conditions, Citrone said.

By Thursday morning, 20 apartments were uninhabitable and there was no electricity from floors 10 to 27.

Carolyn Sherwin, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said the organization is helping 28 adults, eight children and a dog from 13 displaced families.

The Yonkers police and the Empress's rescue workers also responded.

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