Inferno Devours 3-Story Building in Yonkers; Dramatic Chopper Video Shows Roof Collapse | NBC New York

Inferno Devours 3-Story Building in Yonkers; Dramatic Chopper Video Shows Roof Collapse

The building was under construction at the time of the blaze



    Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a major fire at an apartment building in Yonkers Thursday. John Chandler reports.

    (Published Thursday, May 18, 2017)

    Firefighters are battling a raging inferno that engulfed a three-story luxury apartment building under construction in Yonkers.

    Dramatic video from Chopper 4 showed heavy flames emerging from two sides of the building, gutting the roof and generating thick black smoke. Just after 11 a.m., burning chunks of debris started falling off, with flames swallowing the whole building.

    Inferno Devours NY Building

    [NY] Inferno Devours NY Building

    Chopper 4 was over this raging fire as it devoured a new building in Yonkers Thursday morning.

    (Published Thursday, May 18, 2017)

    The wood-frame structure is on the 1100 block of Warburton Avenue, a residential street of houses and apartment complexes. It's about a quarter-mile northeast of the Greystone Metro-North station and overlooks the Hudson River. 

    According to the website of Ginsburg Development Cos., the 55-unit complex was scheduled to open to tenants this fall. Ginsburg advertised higher-end amenities including designer bathrooms, laminate floors and in-unit washers and dryers. 

    The company did not immediately return calls and emails for comment. 

    No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It struck, though, on the hottest day of the year, with temperatures hitting 90 degrees before lunchtime. 

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