MOUNT VERNON, NY — January 14, 2019 — Mayor Richard Thomas delivered the following remarks after a suspicious package and fire were discovered at Mount Vernon City Hall on Monday, January 14, 2019.
“I want to thank and praise the men and women from the Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments and the Westchester County bomb squad who went into harm’s way today to keep our people safe. There were two separate incidents here at City Hall. A suspicious package and a suspicious fire.
The danger is over. There were no injuries. The building was reopened at 12:45. Again, thanks to our police and firefighters and the County Bomb team. City Hall was evacuated at 11 a.m. after our police detail officer in the building identified a suspicious package outside the Buildings Department on the second floor.
A team from the county’s bomb squad was immediately dispatched. Their investigation found that the object was a pest control device. As that situation was being brought under control, roughly about 10 minutes after the bomb squad had made its determination and people had been let back in the building, smoke was smelled coming from inside the building department, as it turned out from a fire in filing cabinets.
Fire Department responded and City Hall was evacuated for a second time. Fire condition is being described as suspicious and is under investigation.”
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