Fire Destroys Yorktown Home, Leaves Family Homeless

There were no injuries in the early-morning incident on Evergreen Street.

An early morning fire in Yorktown has gutted a home and left a family homeless. 

The fire at 2661 Evergreen St. was reported at about 4:26 a.m. on Friday. Yorktown Heights Fire Chief Chet Swirski told Patch the fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet that provided power to a pool filter behind the house. 

Swirki said a neighbor who was on his way to work noticed the fire this morning and woke up the family that was sleeping inside by knocking on the door. 

The five occupants – two parents, two young children and a mother-in-law – safely escaped. There were no injuries but the house is a total loss.

When firefighters got to the scene, the back of the house was fully engulfed and the fire had spread into the house and through the roof. It took 35 firefighters about an hour to extinguish the blaze.

"It was very hectic," Swirski said.

The Bedford Hills Fire Department provided mutual aid to Yorktown. Lake Mohegan and Somers fire departments were on standby. 

Yorktown paramedics and Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps were also on the scene. 

The Entertainer April 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Thank god for that neighbor, circumstances could have been so much worse had he/she not acted in a heroic manner. Great Job!
Joan Adamo April 20, 2013 at 04:44 PM
To repeat once again, "if you see something SAY something". It could save a life!
Vishnu Patel April 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Neighbor Helping Neighbor. Thank you.
Owner 2661 Evergreen May 10, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Media loves to glorify things - I was awake before the knock on the door - thank God though because he did indeed call 911 & helped us out of the house.


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