One resident is dead and two firefighters are injured after a fire engulfed the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley in New York City’s northern suburbs early Tuesday morning.
“We’re still working to account for all the other residents that were rescued and taken from the building,” Rockland County’s fire coordinator, Chris Kear, said. He added that “most [residents] are accounted for.” In total, Kear said over 20 residents have been rescued.
“The building is a total loss,” He explained, adding that it’s a “very difficult fire to battle right now.” Teams of firefighters are still working to put out the flames in order to make the scene safe for investigators.
Kear also reported that the resident who perished was pronounced dead at the hospital. One firefighter has been released from the hospital, while the other remains hospitalized for observation.
Around 4 a.m., Trooper Seven Nevel of New York State Police’s Troop F reported that a firefighter had been reported missing inside the fire for about an hour. Another firefighter suffered a heart attack and was taken to the hospital with injuries. Kear did not address Nevel’s reports.
Instead, Kear added that state fire investigators from Albany are on the scene and will investigate. He said the response included 23 of the 26 fire departments in Rockland County.
State police are also sending a K9 unit and supervisors, and seniors from the center were being bussed out of the area.
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