More than 40 people were left homeless after a fire damaged two Yonkers apartment buildings

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More than 40 people, including 19 children, are homeless today after a rapid fire tore through their Yonkers homes.

Firefighters said flames broke out between the two buildings at 70 and 72 Ash St. in Yonkers around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

A fire station is located just around the corner and crews arrived on the scene within minutes, but the flames had already spread to both buildings and the department needed backup.

More than 100 firefighters responded and the flames were mostly brought under control in just 20 minutes.

However, Deputy Chief Joe Citrone says it was no easy task to stop the flames from spreading to a third building. “The weather is starting to get a bit chilly, being on a hill there were some challenges…and the petrol coating on both buildings helped the fire spread.”

Gas siding is a term used by firefighters to describe highly flammable house siding.

Deputy Chief Citrone says one person had to be rescued from the basement, but all the others were able to escape.

Buildings 70 and 72 are fully habitable at this stage. The Red Cross provides temporary shelter to those in need.

The cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed.

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