Monsey and West Haverstraw Fires Stress Fighters

The weather has been hot and it got a lot hotter yesterday when two significant fires began first in a basement apartment at 18 Calvert Drive in Monsey. The blaze displaced approximately 25 people after fire officials shut the power from the building.   Among numerous code violations, firefighters had a difficult battle when they came up against doors blocked off with stored boxes wrapped in plastic according to Monsey Fire Chief Tony Layman. The building was given an “Unsafe Structure” violation and vacate order on all units by Ramapo Chief Building Inspector Anthony Malia until all violations are satisfied and reconstruction is complete.  Another sizable fire overtook homes at 1, 3, 5 and 7 Farley Drive in West Haverstraw, yesterday at noon, displacing two families and leaving them homeless. The blaze began in a shed and moved through two attached houses. According to Deputy Fire coordinator John Kryger the heat and humidity was another major factor. Haverstraw Ambulance Corps and Rockland Paramedics were on hand to keep firefighters hydrated. According to authorities Congers, Central Nyack, Stony Point, Haverstraw and West Nyack supplied mutual aid.

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