Firefighters from 10 Rockland County departments put out a blaze at a three-story building on East Funston Avenue after battling the fire for three hours.

Firefighters gutted the roof of the Raymond Castle apartment building to put out the fire. At least 20 apartments were affected by either fire or smoke, officials said.

No resident or firefighter was injured in the fire, said Steve Kaye, chief of Spring Hill ambulance corps, and no one was transported to a hospital. But he said all firefighters were overheating and suffering from dehydration.

The building was still smoldering at 2:15 p.m. Relief crews were brought in hose down the building as firefighters sat down to cool off in the staging area behind the building.

Earlier, firefighters safely evacuated dozens of residents from the apartment building after the fire broke out at 10: 30 a.m.

Parents and children stood on the street outside and watched as flames billowed from the top of Raymond Castle apartments. Dark smoke from the blaze could be seen above Route 59.

The building is just south of Route 59 behind the Food Mart International shopping plaza.

Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmine said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Village Hall and the Spring Valley Civic Center would be open for residents to escape the heat, she said. The Red Cross would also be helping people affected by the fire.

Residents of the building had been out for several hours. The apartments have been cordoned off.

Source: The Journal News



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