Benjamin Berkowitz

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

The building was under construction at the time of the blaze

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.

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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