Four houses of the New Rochelle Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 47 Elk Avenue. The first truck arrived on the scene at 9:46 PM. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the rear of the house on the second floor as the NRFD deployed. Firefighter entered through the front door and used a ladder to ascend to a second story front window. The residents escaped without harm and assembled on the front lawn.
A preliminary report indicates an accidental fire caused by a burning candle. After the fire was brought under control, firefighters removed an arm chair from the house.
NOTE: I happened to be in my car, driving a block away. I had just reached the stop sign at the intersection of Elk Avenue and Forest Avenue near North Avenue, the Deputy Chief’s SUV came flying up the hill, sirens blaring, lights blazing. I pulled over out of the way, parked my car and arrived on foot at the location before most of the fire trucks. I was able to get some video of the smoke from the fire before it was extinguished at the firefighters deploying in front of the house which can be seen in the video below. I just happened to have with my an award-winning photojournalist — my daughter, Elena — who helped shoot video and photos. We managed to get about 20 minutes of good video from the scene which I edited down to about 7 minutes before uploading to YouTube. It’s late and I am too tired to make a shorter video.