According to Rockland County officials, five individuals died after a fire in Spring Valley claimed five people’s lives, two of whom were children.
At 4:03 in the morning, 118 Lake Street was on fire; by 4:40 a.m., the fire had been put out. Yet at that time, five fatalities, one injured firefighter, and five patients were taken to the hospital.
The household’s residents, a Guatemalan immigrant family, were said to live there, according to News 12.
Around 11 a.m., a briefing on the tasks and difficulties at the scene was held. Alongside County Executive Ed Day, state Senator Bill Weber, and Assemblyman John McGowan, there was Rockland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Chris Kear,
County Office of Buildings & Codes Director Ed Markunas, Spring Valley Police Chief Rich Oleszczuk, and Spring Valley Police Lieutenant Jack Bosworth.
Many 911 calls came in, according to Kear. Within a minute, police arrived and discovered the two-story wood-frame house fully aflame.
There were numerous attempts to enter the building, but Kear said the circumstances made it impossible.
According to Kear, the patients had left the hospital, and one of them had leaped from a second-story window.
According to Kear, two bodies were discovered on the first level, and three bodies were discovered on the second level; early examination indicates that part of the second floor fell.
Six local fire crews were on the scene, and more were waiting nearby. Day added, “I want to honor their efforts today in a situation that was very, very challenging.