If this happened last week Monday, when the Fulton Fire House was closed, the matter would be worse. This is another example why Mt. Vernon needs leaders who prioritize public safety at all times,” said Councilman Thomas
Mount Vernon — Just days after the Fulton Avenue Fire Station was closed for the day, due to shortage of manpower, fire broke out on the corner of Fulton Avenue and Third Street. With the debate of the city of Mount Vernon abusing the Westchester Mutual Aid and despite Mayor Davis calling firefighters, ‘Car Polishers’, firefighters from Pelham Manor, Greenville, Yonkers, and Eastchester, assisted Mount Vernon firefighters at the scene this afternoon.
The blaze, which heavily damaged Faith Temple Worship Center at 204 S. Fulton Ave. was first knocked down just before 10 a.m., about half an hour after it broke out. Multiple departments responded to the rekindled fire around 1 p.m. and it was still burning approaching 3 p.m, reported Lohud.
The three-alarm fire was reported just after 9 a.m. near South Fulton and East Third streets, and it reportedly gutted much of the church which is located in a commercial strip. Smoke from the morning fire also damaged a corner deli and a jewelry store on either side of the place of worship.
In response to the Fulton and Third Street fire in Mt. Vernon, NY, Councilman and Mayoral candidate Richard Thomas released the following statement: “The bravery of the Mt. Vernon Firefighters and surrounding areas is on full display, dousing a rekindled blaze during a hot and humid summer day,” said Thomas. “Luckily lives have been spared, but the church, popular corner deli, and other businesses have temporarily lost their home. If this happened when the Davis administration closed the Fulton Firehouse last week, the situation could have been much worse. This fire is another example why Mt. Vernon needs leaders who respect emergency service personnel, particularly our firefighters, and support them with the equipment and manpower to bolster their safety and creates a more robust public safety environment,” added Thomas.
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