Infant Hospitalized With Face Burns After Yonkers Fire

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An 8-month old baby was hospitalized after suffering second-degree burns to the face during a Tuesday night blaze in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman

YONKERS, N.Y. – Two individuals, including an 8-month old infant, were hospitalized Tuesday evening after a fire on Yonkers' southeast side.

Fire officials said the baby girl suffered second-degree burns to the face while a male in his 40s suffered what appeared to be minor injuries after a fire broke out just after 7 p.m. at a multi-family home at 363 Walnut St.

Both were taken by ambulance to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. The infant’s condition was not immediately available but the male was expected to be OK, Assistant Fire Chief John Darcy said at the scene.

Firefighters responded to reports of a blaze at the three-story wood frame house at 7:02 p.m. 

The baby, who was sleeping in her crib when the fire broke out in the bedroom of the first-floor unit, was taken from the home by the unidentified male before firefighters arrived.  The man’s relationship to the child was not immediately clear.

About 40 firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the bedroom and it was declared under control at 7:17 p.m.

The three residents who lived in the first-floor unit where the fire broke out would not be able to return to their home Tuesday night, the chief said. However, the occupants of the building's other six apartments were not displaced.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Darcy said he did not believe it was suspicious.

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