Fatal NY Apartment Fire Forces Dozens Into the Cold

March 15, 2017 Updated: March 15, 2017
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YONKERS, N.Y.—Authorities say a fire at a Yonkers apartment building has left one person dead and forced dozens of people into the cold.

Fire officials tell the Journal News that a body was found Wednesday on the fifth floor, where the fire may have started.

Photos show rescuers helping bundled-up residents walk across snowbanks on a slippery hill as flames shoot out of the building.

Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick says a hydrant froze and firefighters also struggled against the wind. Water turned to ice when it hit the ground.

Firefighters battle a fire on the top floor of an apartment building in Yonkers, N.Y., on March 15, 2017. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)
Firefighters battle a fire on the top floor of an apartment building in Yonkers, N.Y., on March 15, 2017. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)

Resident Andre Geraghty tells WCBS that he helped his wife and their 16-month-old child down a fire escape after smoke prevented their exit through a door.

Geraghty says he was “terrified.”

The Red Cross aided displaced residents.