YONKERS, NY — March 16, 2017 — On March 15th, 2017, at approximately 3:45 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to an apartment building at 1 Hawley Terrace on a report of a fire. Responding Officers met with the Yonkers Fire Department who were actively battling a substantial fire engulfing a large portion of the premises. Officers secured the area, established traffic posts, and escorted residents and members of the public to safety.
A temporary shelter was established at the Yonkers Police Athletic League building at 127 North Broadway. Affected residents were provided with provisions with the assistance of the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross. Representatives from the City of Yonkers Office of Constituent Services and the Office of the Aging were present to assist residents and facilitate social services.
Members of the Yonkers Fire Department reported they located a deceased occupant in one of fire apartments. The decedent was subsequently removed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office. Detectives from the Yonkers Police Fire Investigation Unit and Crime Scene Unit are actively investigating this incident, interviewing witnesses, canvassing the scene, and processing forensic evidence. Due to the extent of fire and water damage to the building, the investigation may span several days. The identity of the victim will not be released pending family notification.
Latest reports indicate that the main body of the fire has been knocked down; residents are still urged to avoid the area pending removal of heavy equipment and treatment of local roads. Affected residents of the building will be advised if and when they may re-enter their apartments.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724; all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the key word YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.
Photos by and courtesy of Yonkers Fire Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick.