Huge flames broke into an assisted nursing facility in Spring Valley, Rockland County 35 miles away from the New York City, on Tuesday killing one resident and injuring two firefighters. The 200 capacity building accommodates approximately 113 residents. According to WCBS-TV Reports the fire broke into the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley around 1:30 a.m. Witnesses reported an explosion before the fire destructed the entire facility.
As the fire erupted a group of community volunteers arrived at assistance to help save the residents from the burning building. “There (were) plenty of good Samaritans out here—probably eight of them—that literately ran into the building and (brought) them out in their wheelchairs, walkers, or literately picking them up and physically removing them out of the danger,” said Hershy Green, a witness to the fire.
Fire fighters and the rescue crew arrived at the scene and tried to combat the massive blaze. Two fire fighters were extremely injured. Approximately 20-30 residents have been rescued. The officials have yet to confirm how many residents were in the building when the incident took place. However, 112 residents have been accounted for and moved to a different home while 20 of them have been immediately rushed to the hospital.
Several residents have been seriously injured and one firefighter has been missing and the authorities have called a mayday on him after launching a search for him after receiving no response for 24 hours. The firefighter was a member of the Spring Valley Fire department and one of the first to have responded to the blaze. The officials believe that the firefighter who was trying to the save a victim from the third floor of the facility was not able to find his way out.