PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - A fire ripped through Rosalina Market at 167 Irving Ave. in Port Chester early Wednesday morning destroying the building and displacing eight people from two families living in the apartments above the store.
Port Chester Fire Chief Kevin McFadden said that they were "really lucky" that no one was injured given that the building did not have functioning smoke alarms.
"The fire was burning for quite some time before we got there," McFadden said. "All in all it was a great job."
That effort included aid from the Village and Town of Mamaroneck Fire Departments, the Mamaroneck FAST response team, the Purchase, West Harrison, and Harrison Fire Departments as well as police and the White Plains Red Cross.
McFadden said police received a distress call at 12:50 a.m. from the apartment tenants and that the fire department responded shortly there after. McFadden and the nearly 100 Firefighters were battling the blaze until 5:00 a.m.
Carolyn Sherwin, volunteer spokesperson for the Red Cross said "We have assisted two familes, a total of eight people - four adults, two teenagers and two children. We provided emergency lodging. Everything was destroyed so we provided emergency financial assistance for food, clothing and storage, as well as the needed referrals for their future long-term housing."
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