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Four Alarms Needed for Yonkers Taxpayer Containing Four Stores

By BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent | January 12, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 011221101

Yonkers, NY - Approximately 85 Yonkers firefighters battled a blaze that consumed a taxpayer on January 12th.

At 6:30 A.M., automatic alarms began to be received followed shortly by several phone calls reporting a fire at 671 Yonkers Ave., a one-story 100'x50' row of four stores containing a supermarket, cleaners, laundromat, and insurance store. Heavy fire was showing from the rear as the first due units arrived minutes later.

A second-alarm was transmitted as the flames quickly spread and soon vented out the front of the laundromat. A third-alarm was sounded as the cockloft became well involved. A collapse of the rear wall of the supermarket occurred and all operations went defensive. The only exposure on the 'D' side was threatened by heavy fire, but firefighters inside and on the roof were able to halt any extension.

Four elevated master streams, three Stangs in the front, and multiple handlines in the front and rear held the fire to the original building. A fourth-alarm for manpower was requested, bringing mutual aid into Yonkers for coverage. Flames continued to consume the contents and collapsed the roof over several hours before the blaze could be placed under control.

Due to the rapid spread of the fire it is being considered suspicious, but no cause has been determined yet. One firefighter received a minor injury, but was not transported to the hospital. Sixteen civilians were reported to have been on site at the time of the fire and all have been accounted for.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.