YONKERS, N.Y. - Nepperhan Avenue and Saw Mill River Road have been reopened in both directions following Monday morning’s massive four-alarm fire at the former Alexander Smith Carpet building.
At approximately 4 a.m., a general alarm - meaning every on-duty firefighter from every company responded - was issued at the historic building on the corner of Nepperhan and Lake Avenues, which now houses local artists and businesses.
As of 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Lake Avenue remains closed from Nepperhan Avenue to Saw Mill River Road, while Yonkers fire and police crews remain on scene. Motorists have been asked to avoid the area during the afternoon commute home. Both the Board of Education and Westchester County Bee Line have been notified of the closures.
Fire and police crews remain at the scene working on "hot spots." The condition of the building remains unclear, though there was visible interior and exterior damage to the upper floors.
According to Yonkers officials, there was heavy fire on three floors upon arrival. It took 80 firefighters from 18 local companies several hours to knock the flames down and get the scene under control. No injuries have been reported.
Companies remained on scene on Monday morning, putting out pockets of fire and to provide assistance for any flare-ups.
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