YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — An early-morning fire tore through a city block Friday, burning 10 low-rise apartment buildings, killing at least two people and forcing dozens to flee, police said. Three people were hospitalized in critical condition.
The blaze began at about 1 a.m. in an old wood-frame building and quickly spread, causing three of the buildings to collapse, Yonkers Fire Commissioner Tony Pagano said. It burned for six hours before firefighters were able to contain it.
An estimated 100 to 150 people lived in the buildings in the lower- to middle-class neighborhood just north of New York City. It was not immediately known if all of the residents had been accounted for.
Firefighters found a man and a woman dead in the back of one of the buildings that was destroyed, said Yonkers Deputy Chief George Kielb.
Three people who escaped the blaze were in "extremely critical condition" Friday morning with burns over 80 percent of their bodies, said Michael Heller, a spokesman for Jacobi Medical Center.