Over 40 people left homeless after fire damages two Yonkers apartment buildings

Fire official say flames broke out between the two buildings on 70 and 72 Ash Street in Yonkers around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

News 12 Staff

Nov 15, 2021, 2:23 AM

Updated 914 days ago

Share:

Over 40 people, including 19 children, are homeless today after a fast-moving fire ripped through their Yonkers homes.
Fire officials say flames broke out between the two buildings on 70 and 72 Ash St. in Yonkers around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
A fire house is located right around the corner, and crews got to the scene within minutes, but flames had already spread to both buildings and the department needed backup.
Over 100 firefighters responded, and the flames were mostly under control in as little as 20 minutes.
However, Deputy Chief Joe Citrone says it was no easy task preventing the flames from spreading to a third building. "The weather is starting to get a little cold, this being on a hill, there was some challenges to set up...and the gasoline siding on both buildings were a contributing factor to the fire spread."
Gasoline siding is a term that is used by firefighters to describe highly flammable house siding.
Deputy Chief Citrone says one person had to be rescued from the basement, but everyone else was able to escape themselves.
Buildings 70 and 72 are totally inhabitable at this point. The Red Cross is offering temporary shelter to those who need it.
The cause of the fire has not been released yet.


More from News 12
1:25
Greenpoint residents continue to rally for safer streets

Greenpoint residents continue to rally for safer streets

1:35
Possible showers Saturday before a mild sunny Sunday

Possible showers Saturday before a mild sunny Sunday

2:11
Parents, students rally for safety at Parkside Preparatory Academy

Parents, students rally for safety at Parkside Preparatory Academy

1:05
Police: 2 boys assaulted in Bed-Stuy incident; hate crime probe underway

Police: 2 boys assaulted in Bed-Stuy incident; hate crime probe underway

1:55
Brooklyn business building unique campervans

Brooklyn business building unique campervans

1:50
Behind-the-scenes look at new aquarium sculpture exhibit made entirely of marine debris

Behind-the-scenes look at new aquarium sculpture exhibit made entirely of marine debris

0:24
NYPD arrests 19-year-old in fatal shooting incident of 16-year-old

NYPD arrests 19-year-old in fatal shooting incident of 16-year-old

0:30
Police: 2 men sought in string of violent e-bike robberies across Brooklyn

Police: 2 men sought in string of violent e-bike robberies across Brooklyn

1:17
Runners are lacing up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon! Here’s all you need to know about traffic and transit in the area

Runners are lacing up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon! Here’s all you need to know about traffic and transit in the area

0:29
Gov. Hochul: ‘Safe Housing Support Initiative’ helped more than 450 people in New York City

Gov. Hochul: ‘Safe Housing Support Initiative’ helped more than 450 people in New York City

1:36
The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

The Real Deal: How to navigate the buying, renting market in New York

Your New York City Graduation Photos

Your New York City Graduation Photos

1:59
Crown Heights woman says she is living with exposed asbestos in NYCHA apartment

Crown Heights woman says she is living with exposed asbestos in NYCHA apartment

0:51
NYPD: 20-year-old shot in East New York Thursday afternoon

NYPD: 20-year-old shot in East New York Thursday afternoon

2:00
Brooklyn man has homicide conviction vacated due to mistaken identity

Brooklyn man has homicide conviction vacated due to mistaken identity

1:13
Sweet treat: Brooklyn Heights Häagen-Dazs reopens with new decor & eco-friendly alternatives

Sweet treat: Brooklyn Heights Häagen-Dazs reopens with new decor & eco-friendly alternatives

0:58
Mayor Adams announces pilot program to fight against retail theft in NYC

Mayor Adams announces pilot program to fight against retail theft in NYC

1:49
Lithium-ion batteries fire prevention bill for Brooklyn goes to Senate for final vote

Lithium-ion batteries fire prevention bill for Brooklyn goes to Senate for final vote

1:44
Coast Guard 'Military Spouse of The Year' shares story on finding community between every move

Coast Guard 'Military Spouse of The Year' shares story on finding community between every move

1:59
Basketball program in Flatbush helping keep young athletes active

Basketball program in Flatbush helping keep young athletes active