Port Jervis, NY (March 14, 2019) – Ten people were reported to have had to either jump out of or be dropped from a residence after becoming trapped on the second floor when a fire broke out. The fire broke out on Thursday, March 14th, around 10:30 a.m., trapping ten people, including a small child, inside the home, according to authorities.
The incident was reported to have happened at 18 Erie Street, where one woman and her grandson were able to safely exit through the front door. However, ten other individuals, including a two-year-old child, were forced to evacuate by leaping from a second story window as the rapidly spreading fire allowed them no time to wait for responders.
Firefighters and emergency medical crews arrived at the scene, where they treated a total of twelve people for various injuries and smoke inhalation. Authorities reported that one man who jumped from the window may have broken a leg as he attempted to catch the two-year-old but was unsuccessful. The young child was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. The other injured parties were taken to Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and Orange Regional Medical Center in Wallkill.
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
We would first like to offer our most genuine sympathies to the injured child, as well as the other eleven victims of this fire. Additionally, we would like to thank the brave firefighters who risk their lives to fight blazes like this. Many fires and explosions in New York prove to be catastrophically injurious, or even fatal, as they are one of the most hazardous situations that any person may encounter at any time. It is extremely important to understand that, as victims, you may likely have rights following such a perilous event.
At Hach & Rose, we understand that there is nearly nothing as overwhelming as a sudden injury, and we are here for you 24/7 to discuss any concerns you may have at this time. If you have been hurt in a New York fire or explosion, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.
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