Firefighters Extinguish Four-Alarm Blaze On South Broadway In Yonkers

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The scene of the fire at 371 South Broadway on Friday morning. Photo Credit: Toni Gugliotta, ERA Insite Realty
Police and firefighters battling the blaze on South Broadway. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Smoke from the Yonkers blaze was visible from the Saw Mill River Parkway. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Police and firefighters battling the blaze on South Broadway. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
The scene of the fire at 371 South Broadway on Friday morning. Photo Credit: Toni Gugliotta, ERA Insite Realty
The scene of the fire at 371 South Broadway on Friday morning. Photo Credit: Toni Gugliotta, ERA Insite Realty
The Google Maps view of the Dollar K store at 371 South Broadway in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Google Maps

UPDATED AT 9:30 A.M. FRIDAY:

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The cause as of Thursday's four-alarm fire at 371 South Broadway in Yonkers has not been determined, according to the Yonkers Fire Department.

Yonkers Police units have South Broadway from McLean Avenue to Ludlow Street closed, the city announced Friday morning. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes.

You can watch a video of firefighters battling the blaze here.

UPDATED AT 8 P.M. THURSDAY:

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Several firefighters suffered minor injuries Thursday battling a major blaze at a 99 cent store on Yonkers' South Broadway.

The fire took several hours to extinguish. The matter was made more difficult, fire officials said, because of the cold temperatures. However, no hydrants were frozen.

"Virtually every firefighter in the City of Yonkers is on the scene right now," Mayor Mike Spano told The Daily Voice.

The fire, at 371 South Broadway, was a four-alarm blaze. It is not yet known how it started. Thomas F. Fitzpatrick Jr., deputy chief of personnel for the Yonkers Fire Department, said about 80 firefighters helped extinguish the fire, which began at around 4 p.m.

Mutual aid from Hartsdale, Mount Vernon,  Eastchester and New Rochelle were called to man fire stations, he said.

In addition to firefighters and police, the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management, the Red Cross and Con Edison were also on the scene.

Carolyn Sherwin from the Red Cross said the organization had many volunteers at the scene.

"It's all hands on deck," she said.

The Red Cross was preparing to open a reception area for the people in the neighboring residential building, which suffered smoke and water damage, she said. She said Thursday night she did not know whether anyone would be displaced because of the fire.

Spano said the building and those around it were all evacuated. There were no reported injuries.

Jorge Torres, 16, lives in a neighboring building with his mom and sisters. He said he is hoping the fire didn't spread to his building and said his family smelled smoke and evacuated themselves.

The smoke was visible from the Saw Mill River Parkway. Katiria Gonzalez from Yonkers said she saw the fire all the way from her home on School Street.

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WPEyesNEars:

With our fire protection district taxes so high, our fire department should stay in Hartsdale and protect us, not go off to fight fires in Yonkers. Let them hire their own fire fighters or work with their neighbors. Its the worst unionism ever.

tommy.meehan.77:

Very dumb comment.

First of all, I doubt very much -- despite the headline -- the Hartsdale FD played much of a role in fighting the fire. They probably stood by at a Yonkers firehouse. Second, this has absolutely nothing to do with unionism, it's the County's Mutual Aid system. It saves taxpayer's money by sharing assets.

The Yonkers Fire Department is the largest in Westchester with special equipment that small fire departments like Hartsdale's cannot afford. Yonkers has responded many times to Hartsdale, so has the White Plains Fire Department. Without this mutual aid being available the Hartsdale Fire Department's budget would have to be many times larger.

Paulapizzz:

The smoke the smell
Was over cross country shopping center .I thought yonkers was burning it was very scary at first not knowing .Where it was coming from .
Praying for all our Yonkers firefighter to return home safe to there families tonight .Great job putting out that fire

tommy.meehan.77:

Amen

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