A massive fire in an assisted living facility in New York on Tuesday killed one resident and injured others, according to fire officials.
The fire at Evergreen Court in Spring Valley, about 30 miles north of New York City, started around 1 a.m., police said. When the firefighters arrived, large flames were already burning through the house and the emergency services began evacuating the building.
About 25 residents were rescued, said Christopher Kear of Rockland County Fire. One resident was pronounced dead in the hospital. According to the fire department, more people were injured, including two firefighters. The exact number of injuries was not disclosed.
The building was a total loss, added Kear.
He said it was too early to comment on the cause of the fire.
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The video recorded at the crime scene showed severe damage to the facility.
By doing RecordingsFirefighters shout “Mayday” and “Backup” as they watch part of the flame engulfed building collapse. The video also shows the Rockland Hatzolah rescue workers on site providing assistance to the victims.
During the fire, some residents were evacuated by bus to an off-site facility Volunteers from the Chaverim of Rockland got them “safe and out of the way”. According to the nursing home’s website, there are 200 beds in the facility.
Caroline Radnofsky contributed.