YONKERS, N.Y. – More than 30 people temporarily were displaced early Wednesday morning after a two-alarm fire broke out at a multi-family on Hawthorne Avenue in Yonkers.
Fire Chief John Flynn said firefighters got the call at 12:33 a.m., responding to a blaze on the top floor of the four-level building at 138 Hawthorne Ave.
Forty-six firefighters from 10 fire companies battled frigid temperatures and were able to have the blaze under control around 2 a.m., Flynn said. Most of the damage was contained to the top two floors of the building and there were no injuries, Flynn said.
The fire chief said the single-digit temperatures made fighting the fire especially difficult.
“Cold temperatures are much more difficult and taxing,” he said. “The whole operation proceeds more slowly.”
The building’s nine families were evacuated and temporarily displaced. Six found a place to stay while the Red Cross assisted three families, including seven adults and five children between the ages of 8 months and 14 years, with temporary lodgings, spokeswoman Carolyn Sherwin said.
Flynn said some of the residents may be able to return to their homes today. The cause of the fire still is being investigated, but Flynn said there is no reason to believe it was intentionally set.