By: Shmuel Edeltuch

A fire broke out in a nursing home last night in Monsey, taking the life of one resident and leaving one firefighter unaccounted for. The fire erupted at 12:52 and quickly spread, engulfing the building in flames and forcing the authorities to evacuate the resident’s. Chaveirim of Rockland arranged school buses to transport the elderly people to the surrounding hospitals and available residences.


School busses provided by Rockland Chaveirim currently being set up to assist and transport the many patients currently being evacuated from the burning building.


Within twenty minutes the fire was upgraded to a third alarm fire, within an hour of the alarm being sounded the fire ripped through most of the building and all three stories collapsed.


Captured On Camera: As the roof of the nursing home collapses at the out of control fire in Monsey.

 

Around 3 o’clock the surrounding hospitals were full. Good Samaritan, Westchester and NYACK were all full, and Hackensack was the only one still accepting patients.

So far one resident has died and one firefighter has been unaccounted for, The fire department says they are currently looking for that firefighter in the rubble.

Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chris Kear help a press briefing this morning, he stated that
“There is a joint investigation currently going on with the supreme Valley police department, the Rockland County Sheriff’s fire Investigation Unit, the state police and the fire investigators from New York State Office of Emergency Services. and that “There has been no speculation of any cause at this time”.


The Press Briefing that was held the morning after the fire.

Chaverim Of Rockland volunteers seen giving out coffee and light refreshments during the night to the dozens of first responders battling the fire in Spring Valley, in addition to being a tremendous asset to the fire department and helping out where needed.


Chaverim Of Rockland volunteers seen giving out coffee and light refreshments during the night to the dozens of first responders battling the fire in Spring Valley.

Hatzalah was also on scene, along with KJ Hatzolah who came to Monsey to assist.

KJ Hatzolah is heading out towards Monsey to assist.

In addition many other fire departments came, including the FDNY


The FDNY has arrived to assist with the ongoing fire.
KIDDUSH HASHEM: A Chaplin hands over fresh coffee and cakes for the firefighters that were at the fire this morning in spring valley.

Close look: the moment the building collapsed.

K9 dogs have just arrived on scene at the fire in Monsey to check for survivers. Reports of 6 people living there that are unaccounted for.

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