Mount Vernon – A massive fire broke out in a house at 21 South Terrace Avenue between Mount Vernon Avenue and Grove Street in Mount Vernon just before midnight, Saturday night. More than 43 people are now homeless after a fire destroyed two homes and damaged another. Pelham, Yonkers, Eastchester, WhitePlains and New Rochelle Fire Departments came to the aid of Mount Vernon firefighters to assist in putting out the fire.
“We are attacking this nasty blaze on all fronts and both sides of the block – from Terrace and High Street where a new fire just began,” Mount Vernon Mayor Richard W. Thomas posted on his Facebook page around 1:00 A.M. Sunday morning. “Our bravest are dealing with tough terrain given hill slopes, close proximity of homes, and threat of fire spreading due to wind conditions. Pray for the fire victims and pray for the safety of our Brave Firefighters! Thank you to Yonkers FD, Pelham FD, Greenville FD, Eastchester FD, and White Plains FD!!! Your mutual aid is vital and Mount Vernon is deeply grateful.”
Red Cross is on the scene trying to help those who are now displaced due to the fire. Firefighters are saying it took them over four hours to the fast moving fire.
“It was a fast moving fire that spread quickly to the other homes,” Councilman André Wallace who was assisting some of those who were displaced by the blaze, tells BW. “But thanks to the swift action taken by our firefighters and police it was quickly put under control. We’re very thankful for the surrounding towns that assist Mount Vernon firefighters, we appreciate you all.”
The LPS Group (LIFE Progressive Services Group, Inc.) located at 47 South Fifth Ave (Sub-level) is also available to help with Emergency Displacement Packages for the those who may need food, clothing, blankets & stuff toys for children. They will be in office till 12:00 P.M., for more information call (347) 231-7942.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although officials are looking into arson because they found a gas can on the first floor of one of the buildings.
Stay tuned to BW, for more on this developing story. We will be updating the story through out the day as more information becomes available.