YONKERS, NY – July 4, 2015 — The Fourth of July afforded no respite to one survivor of a fire rescue at 80 School Street. 80 School Street is a 12-story building situated in Southwest Yonkers. The call came in at 8:14am. The Yonkers Fire Department was on the scene by 8:17am. They were met with smoke venting from several windows in the rear of the apartment dwelling.
The apartment door was forced open. Two hose lines were stretched. The fire emanated from the living room in apartment 7A.
Lt. Roza, TL-71, crawled past the fire in the living room to a rear bedroom. He forced the bedroom door open to discover a semi-conscious male occupant. Lt. Roza shared his mask with the occupant as they exited the apartment.
Lt. Roza was transported to Jacobi hospital for smoke inhalation. He appeared to be stable.
Lt. Kenny (309) was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical for a minor injury.
A male civilian, who was also rescued, was transported to Westchester Medical Center. He appeared to be in stable condition.
Several other residents living on the 7th floor were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene.
A total of ten companies attended the scene; 45 Firefighters in all.
Companies cleared the scene at 9:24am.
The fire appears to have been accidental, but that rationale is preliminary. Fire Investigator Hodges will not have a final determination until he is able to interview the occupant saved.
Assistant Chief John Flynn was the Incident Commander at the 80 School Street fire.
SOURCE: Thomas F. Fitzpatrick Jr., Deputy Chief of Personnel, Yonkers Fire Department