NY care home fire leaves resident dead, firefighter missing
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A fire swept through a suburban New York assisted living home and caused a partial collapse early Tuesday, killing one resident and leaving a firefighter missing, officials said.
Two other firefighters and multiple other residents were sent to hospitals.
A second resident thought for several hours to be missing was later found unharmed, officials said.
Flames gutted the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in the Rockland County community of Spring Valley, about 30 miles north of New York City.
It had an estimated 100 to 125 residents, but authorities were working to determine the exact number, Rockland County Fire coordinator Chris Kear said.
One resident died after being taken to a hospital, Kear said.
The person’s name was not immediately released.
“This was a devastating loss,” Kear said at a news briefing.
Rescuers searched through rubble for a firefighter who issued a mayday call from the third floor, Kear said.
Other firefighters rushed to try to help their colleague, but the flames were too intense.
“The extent of the fire, the volume of fire, the conditions, were just too unbearable where firefighters went in it, and they just could not locate the firefighter, and they had to back out,” he said at a later news conference.
Authorities initially said they believed a resident the missing firefighter was trying to rescue was unaccounted for, as well.
They said that person was later found but provided no details.
Two other firefighters were taken to hospitals.
One was released, while the other was expected to stay overnight for treatment for smoke inhalation, Kear said.
Officials believe about 20 residents were taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries, Kear said.
Other residents were taken by bus to another facility, state Trooper Steven Nevel said.
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