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New Rochelle Fire Forces 60 Onto Snowy Streets

The facade of the building remains scorched following Wednesday morning's fire in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Although firefighters contained the blaze to just one apartment, several nearby units suffered smoke damage. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Although firefighters contained the blaze to just one apartment, several nearby units suffered smoke damage. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Dozens of New Rochelle residents were forced out into the cold early on Wednesday morning when a sweeping two-alarm fire broke out in their apartment building.

At approximately 5 a.m., New Rochelle firefighters responded to the 77 Centre Ave. when flames broke out on the third floor, prompting more than 60 people to flee onto the snowy street.

Firefighters were able to able to contain the flames to the room the blaze broke out, but several surrounding apartment units suffered varying degree of smoke damage. Fire investigators are still determining the source of the fire, though it is reportedly not suspected to be suspicious.

In all, six residents were sent to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital after suffering smoke inhalation, with one sustaining a minor burn. The Red Cross currently has volunteers assisting the residents, though until the investigation is complete, it cannot be determined how many families will be temporarily displaced.

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